Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan has been meeting with parents and interested parties in each of the communities affected by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s current school closure plans following the recent court case.
Alasdair Allan commented:
“In the past few days, I have met with the Parent Councils of Sheilebost and Lionel schools, taken part in a well-attended public meeting in Carloway and been in contact with parents at Shawbost.
“I continue to be of the view that all these schools are very important to the future of their respective communities, and I have written to the Education Secretary to emphasis this point.
“Today, the Comhairle’s Education Committee is meeting to consider their next steps. I would urge them, and the full council when they consider this issue, to take account of the strength of feeling which exists in these communities.
“The full implications of the judgement of the Court of Session remain to be analysed, and the Education Secretary has yet to indicate whether he feels he has grounds to appeal, or has scope to utilise any new discretion in the matter.
“Meanwhile, however, it is very clear indeed that these communities will be lobbying hard to save these four schools which continue to command their support and mine.”
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