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New school for East Dunbartonshire - but where will it go?

New MSP Fiona McLeod outside Kirkintilloch Herald office 12.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

New MSP Fiona McLeod outside Kirkintilloch Herald office 12.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

EAST Dunbartonshire could be on track to get a new primary school - if the cash-strapped council can come up with half the money.

The Scottish Government has earmarked £85million for 30 new schools across the country.

But there is a catch - EDC will have to find match funding for any new project.

Gordon Currie, the council’s head of education said: “This is a new phase of funding through the Scottish Government and Schools for the Future Programme.

“This money will be 50 per cent funding of any new build with East Dunbartonshire Council match funding the other 50 per cent. No project has been identified as the council is looking at options through the primary school estate review.

“Any decision on which school is to be identified will be taken following the completion of the consultation process.

“This gives us a further option when we are considering the results of our consultation for the future school estate.”

Welcoming the news, Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod said: “I’m delighted that East Dunbartonshire is to receive funding from the Scottish Government for a new primary school. With the non-secondary school estate under review, this is an ideal time to see where else we can put a new primary school building.”

She added: “Once again the Scottish Government is delivering for East Dunbartonshire - let’s get the kids a new school, Scottish builders working and the economy turning.”

 

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