Schools could get ‘clus­ter’ head teacher

The Oban Times - - News -

MONEY- SAV­ING plans aimed at sav­ing ru­ral schools from po­ten­tial clo­sure are to be dis­cussed by coun­cil­lors to­day (Thurs­day Jan­uary 26).

Pro­pos­als re­gard­ing the man­age­ment of schools were first pre­sented to the High­land Coun­cil's (HC) Ed­u­ca­tion, Chil­dren and Adult Ser­vices (ECAS) com­mit­tee in Oc­to­ber 2015.

To­day, coun­cil­lors will dis­cuss man­age­ment of schools and be asked ap­prove pro­pos­als for im­ple­men­ta­tions which could chop £750,000 from HC spend­ing.

The new man­age­ment ar­range­ments have been ini­tially pro­posed for schools con­nected to Kilchuimen Academy, Kin­lochbervie High, Farr High, Mal­laig High, Dornoch Academy and Plock­ton High.

Changes are also be­ing sug­gested at Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and In­ver­garry pri­maries which would see the three schools be­ing served by a sin­gle clus­ter head teacher and three prin­ci­pal teach­ers – cur­rently Roy Bridge and Spean Bridge share a clus­ter head­teacher and a prin­ci­pal teacher, while Kim Bent­ley is head at In­ver­garry.

The clus­ter ap­point­ment is al­ready in ex­is­tence in Lochaber: Lyn­d­say Bradley is the as­so­ci­ated schools head teacher at Achar­a­cle, Ard­gour and Kil­choan pri­maries.

The meet­ing is at 10am and can be viewed on­line.

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