All but two Highland primaries escape axe

15th May 1998 at 01:00
THE chances of any further school closures in Scotland this side of the Scottish parliament now look remote, following the debacle in Highland.

The education authority had consulted over the closure of ten primary schools. The education committee voted to retain five. Last week the full council decided to keep open an additional two.

The only two primaries to close now are Loch Choire in Sutherland and Kensaleyre in Skye. A third, Kilmonivaig, will merge with a new school to be built at nearby Spean Bridge.

Although Val MacIver, Highland's education chair, had supported the retention of two of the ten primaries, she was infuriated by the collapse of the closures plan. She said it would have released pound;500,000 for reinvestment in education.

But, bowing to the prevailing atmosphere, Mrs MacIver said there would no longer be a review of primary school areas on the Black Isle.

Leader, page 16

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