Commission to visit Bute schools on Tuesday

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THE Scottish Government’s Commission on the Delivery of Rural Education is to visit schools on Bute today (Tuesday) ahead of a public meeting in Lochgilphead to hear the views of local people.

Members of the commission will meet pupils, teachers and parent council representatives at Rothesay Joint Campus and North Bute Primary, the two schools which were the subject of a hugely controversial merger plan, proposed by Argyll and Bute Council in 2010, which would have seen the closure of the North Bute buildings.

The commission’s visit to Bute takes place during a two-day tour of Argyll and Bute which also includes calls at Minard, Skipness and Clachan primaries.

The commission is chaired by Sheriff David Sutherland and has a membership of 16, including local councillors and education professionals as well as rural school campaigners.

Their public meeting takes place at Lochgilphead Joint Campus at 6.30pm on Tuesday evening.