Highland to axe 11 primaries

14th November 1997 at 00:00
Closing primary schools and five other buildings will save Highland more than Pounds 500,000, the education committee heard on Wednesday. The council has closed four primaries in two years and has consent to close another, despite a series of opt-out ballots at threatened schools. Fort William primary won self-governing status, only to be stopped by the change of government.

The latest plans are likely to be equally contentious. Loch Choire primary in Sutherland would be closed and the sole pupil transferred to Kinbrace primary, 17 miles away.

Other plans include closing Golspie High's technical annexe and shutting Mackay House hostel in the town. Highland had 15 hostels in 1980 and will be left with just three.

In Ross and Cromarty, Newmore, Inverasdale, Achnasheen, Tore and Mulbuie primaries are targeted. Around Inverness, Bishop Eden's and Daviot primaries are being targeted, along with the Spectrum community centre.

In Skye and Lochalsh, Kensaleyre primary is at risk while in Lochaber, Roy Bridge and Kilmonivaig primaries are likely to be combined at Spean Bridge when the new school opens.

The council plans an eight-week consultation period early next year leading to a final decision in May.

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