The Labour candidate for the next Scottish Parliament
election is backing the
campaign to save St Joseph’s Primary School, in Milngavie.
Clydebank councillor Gail Casey, who will stand for the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency at the next election in 2016, spoke to parents about the threat facing the school at their recent Christmas fair.
East Dunbartonshire Council wants to create a new merged Catholic primary school in Bearsden on the current St Andrew’s Primary site.
Gail said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Christmas fair. The school was buzzing with children, their parents, families and friends.
“I was impressed by the Christmas essays and projects that the pupils had been working on as well as crafts and gifts made by the children.
“This event convinced me once again of the importance of St Joseph’s Primary to the Catholic community in Milngavie. I still see no sense in the closure of a thriving school that serves its community so well.
“I am sure that other options could have been considered and I hope that a solution can still be found.”
Parent Andrew MacFadyen said: “We welcome Gail’s support and would urge East Dunbartonshire’s Labour councillors to listen to senior figures in their own party who are asking them to think again and come forward with alternative proposals to keep St Joseph’s in Milngavie.
“This is now with the Scottish Government ministers who have called in the decision and we are waiting on their response before deciding our next steps.
“We are hopeful that we will eventually get a positive decision.”
Ministers have asked East Dunbartonshire Council to establish the view of the church on a shared campus, perhaps with a non-Catholic school in Milngavie.
Gordon Currie, director of education at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The council has decided to invest in a new primary school for St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s.
“This decision is now being considered by the Scottish Government and we have provided information to them as part of that process.
“We now await their decision.”