The Press and Journal is reporting that councillors in Merkinch have united to demand its primary school is moved up the list of the council’s priorities.
The anger surfaced ahead of an education debate on Thursday about where the local authority should direct its budgets.
Local members claim a stated “aspiration” to help Merkinch has not been acted upon. They aknowledged that government funding cuts meant another round of tough decisions. But they insist priorities should be re-evaluated.
Highland Alliance Group member Donnie Kerr said: “It’s disappointing to see the Merkinch Primary and family centre project being left behind. Generations have been abandoned by a lack of investment.
“The investment there has been, through regeneration programmes, has been misguided and should have been directed more towards education.
“We’re making no progress while schools elsewhere, built in the past 20 or 30 years, are being replaced. There’s a clear need for expansion and upgrading facilities because of the increased number of children.”
Labour’s Bet McAllister, an education committee member, said: “We’re failing kids in the area. The teachers do their best but they can only do so much. Some are working out of cupboards because there’s just no room for all the kids.”
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