Published: 29/08/2014 09:36 - Updated: 29/08/2014 10:00

Timeline released for Moray schools

Written byHazel Lawson

Moray CouncilTHE blueprint for the future of education in Moray will be made public next month.

A timetable has been released for the progression of the sustainable education review.

Members of Moray Council’s cross-party steering group will receive the report compiled by consultants Caledonian Economics on September 19.

They will then analyse it before it is presented to the area based review group, who commissioned the report.

Findings will then be released into the public domain on September 26 after head teachers, union representatives and councillors have been briefed on its content.

Caledonian Economics came up with a package of proposals earlier this year that included the closure of over 20 primary schools and Milne’s High, along with a programme of new buildings and mergers.

The plans - which went out to consultation - also include 3-18 campuses at Speyside High, Lossiemouth High and Keith Grammar that would cater for children from nursery school age to senior secondary students.

Chair of the steering group, Councillor Anne Skene, said publishing a clear timeline was important to all those who participated in the consultation process.

"We were clear from the outset that this process will be completely transparent, and I hope that the publication of this timeline will be of some help and reassurance to everyone that we continue to abide by that," she said.

"Naturally many people are keen to know what ideas are being presented to the cross-party area based review group, and we will put the report out as soon as possible."

Discussions will be held between members of the area based review and the steering group before the full council meet to debate the findings, agree the proposals to be progressed and their order of priority on November 3.

Councillor for Helden and Laich Allan Wright, who is also leader of the local authority, said: "As shown in the timetable there are obviously steps in the process to be undertaken before it’s released to the public, such as its presentation to elected members and head teachers, but there will be no delay putting the report from the advisors into the public domain once these steps have been taken."

The full council will finalise proposals to be taken forward for consultation in January, with a final decision made in November 2015.

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