Four primary schools are likely to close under plans drawn up by North Lanarkshire Council.
The move would save the local authority almost £1m annually, but is expected to spark community protests and cause splits in the local Labour party.
The schools under threat are Belvidere Primary, Bellshill, St Francis of Assisi, Cumbernauld, St Matthew’s in Wishaw, and Gartsherrie in Coatbridge.
The proposals will be discussed at an emergency meeting next week.
The council has cited the schools’ falling rolls and the state of some of the accommodation as reasons for the closures.
It emerged last month that the local authority faced a budget shortfall of £60m over the next three years.
Some councillors from the ruling Labour group have expressed opposition to the school proposals.
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