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APPENDIX II to the minute of the meeting of the Education Committee of 27 August 1996 (Article 1(c) refers)

MINUTE of MEETING of the EDUCATION EXECUTIVE SUB-COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday, 25 July 1996 at 2.00 pm.

Present: Councillors BRIAN MILNE, GEORGE NORRIE and Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE.

Councillor MILNE, Convener, in the Chair.

1.     REVENUE GRANTS TO ADULT EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS

There was submitted Report No 568/96 by the Director of Education indicating that applications for revenue support had been received from Adult Education Associations in Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose. Any grant would take account of the number of students involved and the classes offered and be allocated across four cost categories, viz, school letting, organising secretaries, administration and publicity and new development work.

It was proposed that a total of £3,050 be awarded as grant aid to the Adult Education Associations on the basis set out in the report.

The Sub-Committee approved the terms of the report and approved the payment of grant aid to Adult Education Associations for 1996/97 as stated therein.

2.     REVENUE GRANT TO SCOTTISH PRE-SCHOOL PLAY ASSOCIATION

There was submitted Report No 569/96 by the Director of Education indicating that the Scottish Pre-School Play Association had in the past received revenue grant aid annually from Tayside Regional Council and an award of £6,000 during the current financial year from Angus Council would enable the organisation to maintain its worthwhile educational activities for pre-school age children.

The Sub-Committee approved the terms of the report and agreed that a grant of £6,000 be made to the Scottish pre-School Play Association, which sum could be met from within the Education Department’s Revenue Budget for 1996/97.

3.     EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Sub-Committee resolved in terms of Standing Order No 27(2) that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following matters so as to avoid the disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

4.     EXTENSION OF SICKNESS ALLOWANCE

There was submitted Report No 567/96 by the Director of Education (a) indicating that the provisions of the Scottish Teachers’ Scheme of Conditions of Service gave discretion to an authority to extend a period of sickness allowance, in exceptional circumstances; and (b) recommending that this discretion be exercised in a particular case.

After considering the terms of the report, the Sub-Committee agreed to extend the period of sickness allowance at half salary rate in respect of the teacher concerned from 11 May 1996 until 10 August 1996 on the clear understanding that the decision related specifically to the individual’s circumstances and that no precedent would be created either for the employee concerned or any other employee.

5.     PARENTAL REQUEST FOR SCHOOL TRANSPORT

There was submitted Report No 525/96 by the Director of Education regarding an application for the provision, on medical grounds, of transport for a pupil living within the statutory walking distance of three miles from a secondary school.

After considering the terms of the report and the medical evidence submitted the Sub-Committee agreed that the pupil concerned be provided with a bus pass at a cost of 95p per day but that the Director of Education keep the situation under review.

6.     BURSARY APPLICATIONS - 1996/97

There was submitted Report No 579/96 by the Director of Education setting out details of four specific requests for financial assistance to enable young people to attend specialist educational provision and proposing criteria which might be applied when considering these and future similar applications.

The Sub-Committee approved the terms of the report and agreed that the following criteria be adopted when considering applications for bursary payments:-

(i) there was an assurance that the learner would be benefit from attending a recognised award bearing course;

(ii) the proposed course was not available locally;

(iii) the providing institution was recognised nationally as a suitable provider;

(iv) the course provided was aimed at a specific locational area; and

(v) the Council was likely to have sufficient funds available to meet the predicted bursary payments for the period of study.

The Sub-Committee further agreed in respect of the specific applications as follows:-

Student 1 - that bursary be awarded to cover the cost of fees only;

Student 2 - that a category (A) bursary (including payment of fees) be awarded;

Student 3 - that a category (A) bursary (including payment of fees) be awarded;

Student 4 - that a category (A) bursary (including payment of fees) be awarded but that a formal link be maintained to monitor the student’s progress until he was eligible to leave school on 20 December 1996 and that should he fail to continue his course in the interim then he should return to his present school;

7.    TENDERING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL CONVEYANCE REQUIREMENTS 1996/99

There was submitted Joint Report No 582/96 by the Director of Education and the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development (a) indicating that tenders had been invited for 22 contracts for the provision of special education school conveyancing; (b) advising that tenders had been received for all but one of the contracts; and (c) recommending acceptance of the lowest tender in each case wherever deemed practicable.

The Sub-Committee approved the terms of the report and agreed:-

(i) that the contracts be awarded as recommended therein;

(ii) that the Director monitor the situation and look at possible alternative arrangements where appropriate; and

(iii) that Contract No ASP/14 be retendered.