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Education Committee

MINUTE of SPECIAL MEETING of the EDUCATION COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 14 September 2000 at 3.00 pm.

Present: Councillors BRIAN MILNE, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN OBE, Councillors JACK GIBB, DAVID LUMGAIR, STEWART McGLYNN, GLENNIS MIDDLETON, ROBERT MYLES, GEORGE NORRIE MBE, HELEN OSWALD and SANDY WEST.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors SHEENA WELSH and KITTY RITCHIE; and Mr BRIAN McHARDY.

Councillor MILNE, Convener, in the Chair.

1. PROCEDURE

The Committee, on the motion of the Convener, agreed that the decision of the Committee on the closure of St Vigeans Primary School be referred to the Council for approval.

2. ST VIGEANS PRIMARY SCHOOL

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of the Education Committee of 6 June 2000, there was submitted Report No 974/00 by the Director of Education providing details of the recent statutory consultation exercise and representations made in response to that exercise (copies of which were appended to the Report and/or had been made available in the Members' Lounge).

Following discussion, Councillor Milne seconded by Councillor Middleton, moved that the Education Committee:-

  1. notes the responses to the recent consultation exercise on the possible closure of St Vigeans Primary School set out in Appendices 4 and 5 to the Report, together with four individual submissions and a petition;
  2. authorises, subject to the approval of the Scottish Ministers in accordance with current legislation, the closure of St Vigeans Primary School with effect from 28 June 2001, and the transfer of its delineated area into the delineated area of Warddykes Primary School with the exception of:-
    1. the area shown in Appendix 1 (including all addresses on the A92 within the current delineated area and the whole of the settlement of Marywell), which should be transferred into the delineated area of Inverkeilor Primary School; and
    2. the area shown in Appendix 2 (being the northernmost part of the current delineated area bounded by the unclassified road running north-east from the fork in that road at Cut-the-Wind to Mains of Parkhill, and by a line running due west from that fork to the current boundary of the delineated area of Colliston Primary School), which should be transferred into the delineated area of Colliston Primary School; and
  3. the area shown in Appendix 3 to the Report (being a narrow strip of land to the west of the current delineated area bounded by an unclassified road running north-west from a fork in the road just south of the school, the railway line, the current boundary line between the delineated area of St Vigeans Primary School and Inverbrothock Primary School, and a line running due west from the fork in the road just south of the school to the boundary line of the current delineated area), which should be transferred into the delineated area of Inverbrothock Primary School;
  4. authorises the consequential minor amendments to the delineated areas of Arbroath Academy and Arbroath High School (the areas identified in Appendices 2 and 3 to the Report being transferred from the delineated area of Arbroath Academy into the delineated area of Arbroath High School);
  5. instructs the Director of Education to seek the approval of the Scottish Ministers to implement the action set out in (ii) and (iii) above; and
  6. in recognition of the unusual situation in which children currently enrolled in St Vigeans Primary School would find themselves in the event of closure of the school, and to provide reassurance to these children and their parents, agrees to accord a higher degree of priority than normal to any placing request these parents may make for the children to attend any Angus school in the event of closure of St Vigeans, that priority to be higher than that accorded to any other "Category 3" placing request from outwith the delineated area of the specified school, and to apply only at the time of transfer from St Vigeans Primary School.

Councillor Myles moved an amendment, but failed to find a seconder.

Accordingly, the Committee agreed to recommend to the Council in terms of the motion by Councillor Milne.

Thereafter, Councillor Myles requested that his dissent be recorded in terms of Standing Order 15(9)(ii).

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