The Council has agreed to the construction of a Tullibody South Campus, incorporating a new build of Abercromby PS and a relocation and new build of St Bernadette's PS within the grounds of Abercromby Primary school.
A Council meeting yesterday (11 August) heard how officers will now work to progress the project, and a further report will be brought to the Council in the New Year to provide information on continued stakeholder engagement and design proposals. This will include discussions with the Diocese of Dunkeld.
Details were given of the results of a six week consultation that was held earlier this year into the proposals for the campus. This included a number of face-to-face engagement events with stakeholders and two well attended public meetings. Results showed 434 responses were received, both online and in paper. 81.3% of respondents supported the creation of a campus and 17.7% did not. 79% of respondents said they preferred the present Abercromby site and 11% the Civic Centre site, with a further 10% not expressing any view. Pupils at both schools submitted 412 responses, with 73% supporting the creation of the campus.
Construction is due to begin on the project in Autumn 2017. The Council has agreed to allocate £11.25m for the project, with funding of £5.35m secured through the Scottish Government Schools for the Future fund.
Education Spokesperson Cllr George Matchett said: "I am very pleased that the Council has agreed to the building of a new Abercromby PS and new St Bernadette's PS within the grounds of Abercromby. This was clearly the overwhelming choice of the local community in the consultation that was undertaken. The Council will now move forward to securing the delivery of these exciting new school buildings for Abercromby and St Bernadette's, with further discussions with these communities taking place."