Pupils from St Agatha’s and St Flannan’s primaries were on hand to witness work starting on their new school over the East holidays.
Work started last week to create a footpath to link the school to the 3G pitch at Merkland Recreation Centre, redirect utilities, build an access road for contractors and put up hoardings.
This will prepare the site for the construction of a new school to replace the two existing buildings - part of the council’s controversial Primary School Improvement Plan (PSIP).
East Dunbartonshire council leader Rhondda Geekie, both the schools’ current headteachers, the architect and representatives from development partner hub West Scotland (hWS) joined pupils.
Councillor Geekie said: “It is great to be at the stage of beginning preparatory works for the building of a new school in Kirkintilloch and it was lovely to meet some of the children from St Flannan’s and St Agatha’s who are really enthusiastic about the prospect of a new school.”
Other merged schools being delivered under the PSIP scheme include new primaries in Lenzie, Bishopbriggs and Bearsden.
Councillor Geekie added: “This is a really exciting time for us. Through this programme we are modernising the primary estate, delivering fit for purpose, state of the art primary schools with an enhanced learning environment which supports Curriculum for Excellence.”
A hWS spokesperson added: “We are proud to continue working with our partners East Dunbartonshire Council on a fourth school as part of the Primary School Improvement Programme. I am excited to see the early works progress in preparation for a contemporary new facility for the pupils of St Flannan’s and St Agatha’s.”