The future of two threatened junior high schools in Shetland seemed assured this week after the education committee decided to leave them out of a cuts package.
Members voted by seven to six to take no action on a consultant's recommendation that the secondary departments at Scalloway and Sandwick be closed and the 300 pupils transferred to the six-year Anderson High in Lerwick.
However, by another single-vote margin the committee called for reports on the possible closure of three primaries at Quarff, Uyeasound and Haroldswick.
Councillors agreed that a decision on replacing the Anderson High building was urgently needed, but David Alexander, the consultant and former Strathclyde depute director of education, warned that servicing the debt on its construction could wipe out all the savings he was suggesting. A recommendation that there should be fewer staff at the school is to be investigated.