Two Aberdeen secondaries are set next session to share a single management team and a common timetable "where feasible". Linksfield Academy, with only 300 pupils, is likely to share senior and middle management posts with the popular St Machar Academy, saving the city around pound;200,000 a year.
Despite a petition to councillors from pupils and parents opposed to the plans, Jurgen Thomaneck, Labour education convener, insisted: "The status quo is not an option."
However, in a major concession Profssor Thomaneck ruled out integrating staffs fully because of the concerns of pupils, parents and teachers.
He promised to consult widely on other options over the next 12 months - code for rescuing Linksfield from a slow death as enrolments dry up and staff drift away.
The education action plan secondary has been unable to fill senior posts because of its uncertain future. The head's job has been advertised three times, there is no depute and three vacant principal teachers' posts.