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Board 'bickering' hits Western Isles merger

CONSULTATION in the Western Isles on the proposed merger of the Nicolson Institute and Lews Castle School, originally due to have been complete last August, received another setback this week when the education committee was faced with a protest from Lews Castle school board.

The board complained of lack of representation on the consultation working party. After lengthy debate councillors agreed to the board's demand, but Norman Macdonald, the committee's chairman, said: "Even before we start the consultation process, the bickering has started."

The date for nominations to the new boards for both schools has been put back after it was discovered that some parents who had hoped to stand had not filled in the appropriate section on their children's enrolment form and had disfranchised themselves.

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