Future of schools to go to consultation

The future of two Buchan schools is set to be the subject of a public consultation.

The possibility of replacing the schools at Rathen and Tyrie will be discussed with a range of stakeholders in the New Year.

The decision to hold the consultation was made following a meeting between a delegation of councillors and council officers on December 4. Councillors Charles Buchan, Hamish Partridge and Brian Topping met with officers from the education, architecture and property departments.

Following the consultation, a report will be presented to the Banff and Buchan Area Committee next April. Thereafter, the report may be submitted to the full council for further consideration.

Commenting, Councillor Charles Buchan said: “I’m delighted with this progress and that things are moving forward at long last. Something needs to be done. The current buildings aren’t fit for purpose.

“The parents are pretty pleased with the education the children are getting, including good inspection results. But this project will take time.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of property, Allan Whyte, commented: “Discussions surrounding the possibility of building a replacement facility for Rathen and Tyrie schools are at an early stage and an assessment study is being progressed in line with council policy.

“We are committed to ongoing consultation and engagement with stakeholders, parents, staff and communities regarding the management of our school estate and updates will be provided to committee in due course.”