Maintaining 72 schools and over 40 other buildings serving nearly 15,000 young people represents an annual strain of over £100 million on SBC’s revenue resources.
Along with an acknowledgement that many of these facilities are no longer fit for purpose, councillors agreed this week to authorise development of a long term strategy for the region’s school estate.
Tuesday’s first meeting of the new education-themed executive heard this was essential “to provide clarity for all stakeholders over likely investment decisions”.
The strategy will “dovetail” with existing capital commitments, including the Kelso High project, the creation of a super primary in central Galashiels and replacement primaries at Langlee and Broomlands in Kelso.
And as with school closures, which require statutory consultation, the strategy will be drawn up after full discussions with parent representatives, head teachers and staff groups and children and young people.