Sev­enth new school for Western Isles

The Oban Times - - News -

SGOIL Uib­hist a’ Tuath, the sev­enth new school in the Western Isles in the past six years, was of­fi­cially opened in North Uist this week.

The open­ing fol­lows a £60mil­lion Western Isles Schools Pro­ject, the largest ever cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in the Western Isles.

The open­ing was per­formed by the Rev John Smith and his wife Mar­garet. Staff and par­ents cel­e­brated, with the cer­e­mony also in­clud­ing per­for­mances by the school choir.

The to­tal cost of the new school is just un­der £9mil­lion, made up of £2.2m from Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and £6.6m by the com­ahirle, as part of a wider up­grade of the schools es­tate.

The work was com­pleted by the con­trac­tor Robert­son Group on time and within bud­get.

Comhairle con­vener Nor­man A Mac­Don­ald said: ‘I am de­lighted we have of­fi­cially marked the open­ing of the new school. Staff and chil­dren are al­ready ben­e­fit­ing from this ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity which pro­vides child­care, early years and pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion to the North Uist com­mu­nity in part­ner­ship with Saoghal Beag Nurs­ery. There have been many im­prove­ments to our schools in the Western Isles over the past few years, not least the Western Isles Schools Pro­ject.

‘Our new schools will usher in a new era of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, in build­ings that are the equal of any in Scot­land.’

The Rev John Smith and his wife Mar­garet are pre­sented with gifts by Lucy MacAskill and Fin­bar Rodger, both pri­mary seven.

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