SERIOUS concerns have been raised over Moray Council’s review of the school estate - by one of the councillors on the steering group established to oversee it.
Earlier this month the local authority unveiled a cross party group - including two Independent councillors from the administration, one Labour and one SNP - to make sure the review was done transparently.
But since then meetings have been organised at six of Moray’s eight secondaries to brief school communities with only a week’s notice given.
Also, no meetings have been scheduled at either Elgin High or Milne’s High.
Instead representatives from the Elgin school and its feeder primaries are expected to attend the meeting at Elgin Academy on Thursday while those associated with the Fochabers secondary will have to travel to Buckie on Monday to put forward their opinions.
SNP group leader Pearl Paul, has written an open letter to the council’s chief executive Roddy Burns, outlining the members’ dissatisfaction over the tight timescale and the "officer led" approach to the process.
Today Elgin North councillor Mike Shand, the party’s representative on the steering group for the sustainable education review, said the SNP was committed to working with the administration to review the service and ensure it for future generations.
He added: "We did not, however, expect that less than a fortnight after the launch of the review, and without any proper discussion or agreement of the review process, that our communities would have less than a week’s notice to attend briefing sessions.
"What we support is that a proper review should take place with no preconceptions of the outcome and that communities should be properly consulted.
"That means not rushing it, which will undoubtedly lead to less people being involved in discussions, and certainly not missing out two major school communities at Elgin High and Milne’s High."
See this Friday’s edition of the ‘Northern Scot’ newspaper for more on this story.