Stron­tian school pro­ject on tar­get

The Oban Times - - News -

STRON­TIAN Com­mu­nity School Build­ing (SCSB) Lim­ited is near­ing the first fi­nan­cial tar­get that will see a new pri­mary school near Ard­na­mur­chan re­ceive the go-ahead.

SCSB is aim­ing to raise £600,000 to com­plete the first com­mu­nity- owned school pro­ject in Scot­land but cal­cu­lated a min­i­mum of £100,000 was re­quired to al­low it to pro­ceed.

Sub­se­quently, the com­pany in­vited the com­mu­nity to in­vest in shares which were launched late last year. The share of­fer will close on Fe­bru­ary 28 and to date more than £70,000 has been raised. Don­ald McCorkin­dale told

The Oban Times he is rea­son­ably con­fi­dent the tar­get will be reached. ‘There are lots of fine de­tails still to be ironed out,’ he said ‘ but there are four or five semi lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pa­nies ten­der­ing for the job which is en­cour­ag­ing.’

SCSB has re­ceived the back­ing of var­i­ous part­ners.

The Ro­tary Club of Lochaber has re­cently an­nounced it is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing a do­na­tion af­ter a pre­sen­ta­tion about the pro­ject was de­liv­ered at the Jan­uary meet­ing.

Rev­erend McCorkin­dale said: ‘The Ro­tary will have its next meet­ing at the end of the month. The share of­fer will close at the end of the month. So the threads are all com­ing to­gether. We hope that in early March things will re­ally start mov­ing ahead.’

To boost funds, a ‘Posh Tea’ will be held at Stron­tian Pri­mary School on Satur­day March 11 from 3pm where an up­date on the pro­ject will be avail­able.

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