North Bute parent council open meeting

THE parent council at North Bute Primary School in Port Bannatyne is holding an open meeting this week to discuss educational provision on the island.

The members of the parent council will present the case for retaining North Bute, which remains under threat thanks to its inclusion on a list of 12 schools for which Argyll and Bute Council is to hold ‘pre-consultation’ workshops before deciding whether to formally propose their closure.

The parent council’s open meeting will be held in Port Bannatyne village hall on Thursday, March 17 at 7pm, and will give an opportunity for Argyll and Bute’s election candidates to set out their position on the future provision of education for the area’s children.

This will be followed by a question-and-answer session with members of the local community.

Meanwhile, the controversy over the council’s school closure programme rumbles on with the news this week that the Argyll Rural Schools Network (ARSN) has lodged a formal complaint about the authority’s new education spokesperson, Councillor Ellen Morton, having taken personal responsibility for identifying the 12 schools on the ‘pre-consultation’ list. More inside this week’s issue.