Westruther Primary School is getting a £375,000 facelift, with work likely to start during the school summer holidays.
This week councillors at Scottish Borders Council’s executive meeting agreed that part of the money allocated in their capital budget for schools should be used to build an extension to Westruther school, adding a classroom, toilets, general purpose/dining area and a secure entrance.
A further £59,000 is to be spent on improving nurseries in five Borders primary schools - Coldingham, Greenlaw, Lilliesleaf, Priorsford and Stow. The need for the work to be done was highlighted by the Environmental Health and Care Inspectorate.
Gordon, Greenlaw and Swinton Primary schools are all getting secure entrance reception areas at a total cost of £40,000.
A further £15,000 will be spent on school fire alarms to comply with the council’s insurer’s requirements.
A priority list had been drawn up but were councillors advised that not everything could be carried out.
Councillors were also told that an early decision on where to spend the money would mean that construction work could start during the summer holidays, minimising the disruption to pupils and staff.
In her report to councillors, Annette Patterson, SBC asset development manager said: “Continuing to invest in small rural schools ensures equality of experience for rural communities and provides the opportunities to help support their aspirations for long term sustainability.
“There is limited environmental impact as a result of some of the proposed building extensions, however, this will be offset by improving the energy efficienty of the existing building fabric where possible.”