Vote set to decide on £7m schools' upgrade

GLASGOW schools could benefit from a £7million investment.

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St Brendan's teacher Roseanne Gray, left, and Garscadden head teacher Celine McKinlay, right, with pupils from both schools which would benefit from cash
St Brendan's teacher Roseanne Gray, left, and Garscadden head teacher Celine McKinlay, right, with pupils from both schools which would benefit from cash

Councillors will vote tomorrow on whether to proceed with the latest stage in plans to upgrade the city's primary and additional support for learning school estate.

If the bid is given a green light more than £1.9m will be given to design a new Glendale and St Brendan's campus, and £5m will be given to pay for design costs and surveys of schools set to be refurbished.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "In the last 12 years this council has spent more than £550m on improving Glasgow's schools and this has resulted in more than 100 new schools being built across the city.

"We have pledged to rebuild or refurbish every primary in the city, as well as every remaining early years and ASL school.

"Not only will this benefit children across Glasgow, this major capital investment will provide significant benefits to the local economy.

"The report going to the executive committee will kick-start this process. Education and jobs are both priorities for the council and I am committed to delivering on them."

The cash will pay for the start of Phase 5 of Glasgow City Council's School Estate Strategy.

Since the launch of the council's Pre-12 Strategy in 2004, four phases of investment have been carried out. The final school to be tackled in the last phase is the new Notre Dame and St Peter's campus, which is planned to open in August next year.

The first four phases included 34 new builds, some on shared campuses, housing 76 early years, primary and ASL establishments.

A total of £300m has so far been spent on the new school estate, reducing the pre-12 school estate by 41 buildings.

In May last year the council opted to provide extra funding for primary and nursery schools to ensure that, by 2017, no pupil is taught in a condition C or D school.

To complete the next stage of the new Glendale and St Brendan's primaries, architect firm DRS Project Management & Design has been appointed to work on designs.

According to the report, the £1.9m will cover the cost of statutory requirements and approvals, including planning consent, building warrant and traffic and environmental surveys.

In 2011, the council was given backing from the Scottish Government's Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) to replace Garrowhill Primary with an early years facility.

The SFT also agreed to help replace Glendale primary school and move St Brendan's, Garscadden and Yoker primaries with early years' provision on one campus.

If the proposal is approved at the meeting tomorrow work would begin on April 1.

catriona.stewart@eveningtimes.co.uk

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