PARENTS will be given the chance to have their say on controversial plans to shut a primary school as a series of public meetings are staged.
Renfrewshire Council announced its plans to close Moorpark Primary in Renfrew in September, just months after South Primary in Paisley was controversially axed.
A consultation is now under way and a number of public meetings will take place to discuss the move with mums and dads.
Council chiefs insist Moorpark Primary has no future because the building needs an increasing level of maintenance and has a low occupancy rate and high running costs.
They want the school’s 120 pupils to be transferred to either Kirklandneuk Primary or Newmains Primary.
The closure plan is part of a £20million shake-up of pre-five and primary school education in north Renfrew.
Also included in the proposals are a new campus to house St James’ Primary School and Moorpark pre-five centre.
In addition, there are plans to redesign and upgrade Kirklandneuk Primary.
As part of the public consultation – which ends on Friday, November 20 – public meetings to discuss the proposals will be held in the four primary schools affected by the plans.
The first meeting will be held in Moorpark Primary at 7pm on Wednesday, October 28.
And parents can find out more at 7pm the following evening, when St James’ Primary will be the venue.
Kirklandneuk Primary will host the next meeting at 7pm on Monday, November 2.
And parents will get a final chance to have their say when the fourth meeting takes place in Newmains Primary on Thursday, November 5, which is also at 7pm.
The final decision on the future of Moorpark Primary – where Frances Boyd OBE is headteacher – will will be made in December.
A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “We are committed to providing local children with access to high-quality education.
“As part of our ongoing schools modernisation programme, we are now consulting with members of the public on proposals to invest £20million on improving pre-five and primary facilities in Renfrew.”
A council project team has been reviewing primary and pre-five education in north Renfrew since the summer.
It looked at the condition of existing buildings, future educational requirements and the need to provide fit-for-purpose, sustainable facilities for children in the area.