School’s fate to be decided
Council : Community’ s views sought on future of mothballed primary
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