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Parents holding a protest at council HQ in last ditch attempt to save St Joseph’s Primary School

Parents demonstrating about proposed closure of St Joseph's PS and St Agatha's Primary School.15th May 2014Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Parents demonstrating about proposed closure of St Joseph's PS and St Agatha's Primary School.15th May 2014Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Campaigners fighting to save Milngavie’s only Catholic school from closure are planning to protest outside East Dunbartonshire Council HQ, in Kirkintilloch.

The controversial plan to close St Joseph’s Primary School, and relocate the children to a new merged school on the current St Andrew’s Primary site in Bearsden, will be debated and councillors will vote on the issue at a special meeting of the full council at 6pm this Thursday evening (May 15).

East Dunbartonshire Council’s formal consultation generated a huge response, with over 500 people taking part. 83 per cent opposed the proposal to close St Joseph’s.

Education Scotland found that parents, pupils and teachers at both St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s oppose the merger and a petition to save the school has now soared past 1,700 signatures.

St Joseph’s Parent Council Chair, Laureen McIntyre, said: “East Dunbartonshire Council has already brought hundreds of people out onto the streets to protest against its school closure plans and we expect to see a big turnout in Kirkintilloch.

“It simply beggars belief that they are pushing ahead with a plan that is opposed by parents, pupils and teachers at both St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s.

“Furthermore, East Dunbartonshire Council’s own officers concluded that closure would potentially constitute indirect discrimination against Catholics in Milngavie.

“No council in Scotland in the 21st Century should be pursuing discriminatory policies or spending nearly £9 million on a project that nobody wants.

“Councillors also need to understand that we are not going away. Whatever happens on Thursday evening our fight will go on.”

 

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