Thousands of children to benefit from school upgrade plans
Published Tuesday 21st February 17
Work on four new schools and a number of extensions will be supported by £97 million from East Lothian Council’s new budget.
Resources have been allocated over the next three years for new primary schools at Letham near Haddington and Wallyford.
Expansion or upgrade work is also planned at Law Primary School in North Berwick and Pinkie St Peters in Musselburgh.
There will also be investment in the Red School, Prestonpans, for early years provision and a replacement for Levenhall Nursery, Musselburgh at Pinkie St Peters.
There is also money in the budget for work on schools to reflect housing growth in line the council’s proposed local development plan, which is subject to a period of formal representation.
This includes a new primary school at Craighall near Musselburgh. Initial resources have been allocated towards the commencement of an additional secondary school to serve the Musselburgh area. Money has also been set aside to commence the facilities upgrade at the existing Musselburgh Grammar School
Resources have been allocated for expansion or upgrade work at a number of primary schools: Pinkie West Barns, Dunbar, Aberlady, Gullane, Ormiston, Windygoul (Tranent), Elphinstone, Longniddry, Prestonpans Infant and Whitecraig.
Extensions of Ross High School, North Berwick High School and a further expansion of Dunbar Grammar, and are also planned.
Shamin Akhtar, spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, said:
“By ensuring our young people have a high-quality learning environment, we can help give them the best possible start in life. The building of four new schools and the upgrading or extension of a number of others across East Lothian will benefit thousands of children. It will help us meet demand for school places in growing communities as well as enabling pupils to be taught in fantastic new surroundings.”
The investment figures in the budget reflect the total 3 year capital value of the projects and developer contributions are sought where appropriate towards development costs.
Schools across East Lothian will also benefit from a £5.5 million investment in upgrades to IT systems in schools and across the council.
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