Parents voice fears for future of school

Parents in Carloway met last night to discuss the future of their local school.

An emergency meeting was called by the Parent Council of Carloway School and the Community Association to talk about the outcome of the Judicial Review on Western Isles schools.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar had pursued a legal case against the Scottish Government when they failed to give permission for the closure of Carloway and Shelibost Primary Schools and the S1/2 units at Lionel and Shawbost Schools. The judge ruled in favour of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar allowing them to now take action to close the school.

At the meeting Cllr Bill Houston and Cllr Cudig Macleod explained that the Education Committee today (Tuesday) would discuss the Comhairle’s next course of action in relation to the schools and it was thought a report by the Chief Executive would recommend the Director of Education begin proceedings to close the schools.

The SNP group at the council are expected to put forward an amendment to that recommendation this afternoon that would state this course of action is not taken.

A further amendment is expected calling for the decision to be delayed for a year.

The Scottish Government have a 21 day period to consider whether or not to appeal the result of the Judicial Review.

The Education Committee will take place this afternoon at 2pm.