Parents fight proposals to shut Lanarkshire primaries

Parents at closure-threatened primary schools in North Lanarkshire have vowed to fight the proposals.

Gartsherrie Primary in Coatbridge Belvidere in Bellshill, St Francis of Assisi, Cumbernauld, and St Matthews in Wishaw could shut under council plans.

Falling rolls and the poor state of some of the accommodation have been cited as the reasons for closure.

However, parents have been organising petitions and holding protests in a bid to keep the schools open.

Proposals to shut the four primaries were drawn up after a review of the schools estate earlier this year.

Reports presented to councillors last month showed they were operating at significantly under capacity.

Ahead of a public meeting on Monday to discuss the closure proposal for Garsherrie Primary, more than 150 pupils and parents marched to the council’s education headquarters in Coatbridge to hand in about 4,000 objection letters.

From the BBC

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