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Revamp proposals for city schools
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The move has been prompted by falling school rolls
There are plans to close almost 30 Glasgow primary schools as part of a 128m reorganisation of education.

Under the measures to address falling rolls, 28 out of 178 primaries would shut from August 2006 with up to 16 new schools being built in their place.

Glasgow City Council said the changes were not cuts as every penny saved would be reinvested in education.

Proposals for the shake-up will be go before councillors on the education committee next week.

The meeting on 13 October will consider a report recommending consultation exercises be carried out before the end of the year.

We know that we have a great deal of work to do if we are to improve education opportunities across the city
Steven Purcell
Glasgow City Council leader

The plan could result in as many as 16 new-build schools, including two bringing together pupils at Catholic and non-denominational schools.

Council leader Steven Purcell said: "I want to emphasise that there will be genuine consultation with communities and the chance for debate on the future of these schools, including a series of public meetings over the coming three months.

"We know that we have a great deal of work to do if we are to improve education opportunities across the city so that every child gets the best start in life.

"These changes will play an important role in achieving this."

The move is the fourth phase in a reorganisation of pre-12 education in the city.

The Scottish Parent Teacher Council says this is common sense in the end
Seonag MacKinnon
Education correspondent

The 51 schools covered by the consultation have a combined roll of nearly 7,800 pupils against a total capacity of just under 21,400.

BBC Scotland education correspondent, Seonag MacKinnon, said: "The council's proposal is to shut down 28 of the schools in the worst condition and to replace them with 16 shiny new ones with carpets, computers, windows that shut, roofs that don't leak.

"Two campuses will be shared campuses, for a primary school from the Catholic sector and a non-denominational one.

"The Catholic Church is supportive of this plan going out to consultation, the unions are also supportive, the Scottish Parent Teacher Council says this is common sense in the end."


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