Published: 15/02/2013 18:00 - Updated: 15/02/2013 12:03

Fight against closures begins

THE fight over possible school closures has started, insists one parent council chair in Moray.

Campaigners talk to Convener Stewart Cree.
Campaigners talk to Convener Stewart Cree.

The local authority'sclimbdown over axeing classroom assistants does not go far enough. Alister Laing, chair at Knockando Primary, welcomed the fact that all schools will now retain at least 12½ hours of classroom assistant time per week.

That follows a partial U-turn by administration councillors on plans to remove one-third of the 150-strong classroom assistant workforce – a move that was set to save them £410,000 a year.

Mr Laing declared that school communities across Moray are steeling themselves for another fight over possible closures.

An imminent review of the school estate raises the spectre of schools disappearing altogether.

“We now know we are going to move from this fight to another fight over school closures,” he said.

Council leader Allan Wright has already declared that Moray has too many schools, both primary and secondary, for the number of pupils, and that ducking the issue of closure is not an option.

Moray Council needs to save £30 million over the next three years, and measures agreed at their budget meeting have so far identified £7 million in cuts.

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