School’s fate to be de­cided

Coun­cil : Com­mu­nity’ s views sought on fu­ture of moth­balled pri­mary

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY STEPHEN WALSH

Ed­u­ca­tion chiefs have not ruled out clos­ing a moth­balled Dee­side pri­mary school.

Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil made the decision last June af­ter Strachan School’s pupil roll plum­meted over a num­ber of years.

Yes­ter­day, coun­cil­lors agreed the pub­lic should be asked their views be­fore any of­fi­cial decision on the school’s fate was taken.

One of the op­tions that is likely to be on the ta­ble is the per­ma­nent clo­sure of the fa­cil­ity.

How­ever, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers con­firmed that no decision had been made at this stage.

Rachel Goldring, an as­set project leader for the author­ity’s ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, told the com­mit­tee that no par­ents had thus far ex­pressed an in­ter­est in send­ing their chil­dren to the school.

East Gar­i­och coun­cil­lor Mar­tin Ford said it was right that ac­tion was taken to de­ter­mine the fu­ture of the fa­cil­ity.

He added: “Clearly, par­ents have made their decision, but we also have a com­mu­nity that is anx­ious to keep the school open,

“We also have a com­mu­nity that is anx­ious to keep the school open”

al­beit they don’t have any chil­dren to send to it.

“A school is not an end in and of it­self, it’s a means to an end for ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren and, if it’s not ful­fill­ing that, then it’s not fit for pur­pose.”

The com­mit­tee agreed a con­sul­ta­tion would be held and a fresh re­port with var­i­ous op­tions for the school’s fu­ture would be dis­cussed in the fu­ture.

EMPTY CLASS­ROOMS: Strachan School was closed last June af­ter the pupil roll fell dra­mat­i­cally

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