Recommendations on the future of Abronhill High School to be published next week as final decision looms
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 16:23 GMT on Wednesday 9th January, 2013.

NEXT week will start the clock ticking down to a decision on the future fate of Abronhill High School.

A report, compiled by Learning and Leisure Services, which will make recommendations on the future of Abronhill and Cumbernauld High Schools, will be in the inbox of Councillors next Wednesday (16th January).

The report will bring to an end almost a year of logistics regarding the council’s proposed amalgamation of Abronhill and Cumbernauld High Schools.

The report will be voted on firstly by the council’s Learning and Leisure Services Committee before the full council meet to vote on a package of £73.3 million savings options.

The closure of Abronhill High School is estimated to save North Lanarkshire Council approximately £1.3 million, although confusion lingers around the total saving.

A spokesman for the Save Abronhill High School campaign commented on the report’s upcoming publication: “The consultation process appeared to be nothing more than a tick box exercise for the purposes of the Schools Consultation (Scotland) Act 2010 and we would be very surprised if Mr McKinstry were to recommend to the Committee that the school be kept open; as welcome a decision as that would be.

“We, as a Group, certainly hope that the simply overwhelming response to the process, with c.1600 objections and c.6000 petition signatures against the proposed closure, is given proper and serious consideration by all areas of the Council involved with the process and that this huge community based response serves to represent a large influence on how they make their ultimate decision.”
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