Schools to close in June 2013

The twists and turns in the Western Isles schools saga continue today (Thursday) as the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed to close Shelibost and Carloway Primaries and Lionel and Shawbost S1/2 departments in June next year.

This follows the news that the Scottish Government are to appeal the ruling of the Judicial Review which found in favour of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The council had challenged the Scottish Government’s refusal to grant them permission to close the schools.

Tonight’s meeting of the full Comhairle is likely to bring further developments as two amendments are being put forward on this issue.

One of them will recommend that the Comhairle do not close the schools in June 2013 and a further amendment will recommend the Comhairle withdraw from any further legal proceedings and seek an amicable outcome in respect of the expenses.

The vote on these issues is expected to be close.