re Council Must Follow Legal Standards
The re-organisation of school estates in Renfrewshire was discussed in the Scottish Parliament this week. The Cabinet Secretary for education, Mike Russell MSP, was questioned by Paisley’s MSP about the proper process that should be followed when local authorities are reviewing educational facilities.
‘It is essential that full scrutiny and all relevant statutory processes are followed when reviewing local authorities educational estates. The Cabinet Secretary agreed with me and I have voiced my concerns on the record in Parliament about what is happening within Renfrewshire Council.
‘The review and council consultation being undertaken by Labour in Renfrewshire must ensure that correct procedures are adhered to. This is not only to ensure that parents and the children have full confidence in any of the proposed changes but to ensure that legal challenges do not emerge.
‘The information that I have had to gather myself from the council has raised some questions.
‘There are claims that shutting a school and moving the pupils to another school is not actually a school closure.
‘There are also concerns that the pupils being moved in to an existing school is not the model of shared campuses that we know. Here in Renfrewshire purpose built schools were built to house shared campuses, differing educational facilities with other shared aspects.
‘These concerns are troubling.
‘We must ensure that any consultation is a real consultation, I would advise every parent to follow what is happening to their school, do not get caught out by changes that surprise you when the consultation process ends.’
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