Highland councillors are to be asked to agree to plans to begin public consultation on the closure of five primary schools.
Borrodale on Skye, Achaphuibil near Fort William, Achnasheen in Wester Ross and Glenborrodale in Ardnamurchan have been mothballed for sometime.
Glenborrodale has had no pupils for the last nine years.
Uig Primary on Skye, meanwhile, will have just one pupil on its roll by August.
Further school closures could be considered by Highland Council as it seeks to make savings in future budgets.
Budget leader David Alston said it may be found that a "better education" could be provided by fewer, more modern schools.
Savings of £36m are being sought in the local authority's 2011-12 and 2012-13 budgets.