Schools at cen­tre of their com­mu­ni­ties

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

SIR, – I don’t think any­one in Mo­ray will dis­pute the facts of half-empty schools.

Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Alexan­der states the pub­lic are rightly puz­zled why we are cut­ting other ser­vices while noth­ing is be­ing done about the money be­ing spent on these half-empty build­ings whilst pro­vid­ing an in­ef­fi­cient ed­u­ca­tion.

I hope the coun­cil­lor isn’t say­ing that half-empty build­ings are caus­ing sub-stan­dard ed­u­ca­tion?

Con­vener Shona Mor­ri­son is quite right in stat­ing that schools are the beat­ing heart of any com­mu­nity and ev­ery ef­fort should be made to keep them. To do this, she sug­gests trans­form­ing them to be­come a vi­brant part of their com­mu­nity.

I will give the Mo­ray SNP mi­nor­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion the ben­e­fit of the doubt that this isn’t some­thing in the way of a re­sponse to ques­tions posed by the lo­cal press and that it is a pol­icy that has been thought through.

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