A formal public consultation on two options for the location of a new school and community campus in Tullibody is now open.
The Council agreed at a special meeting earlier this month to hold a formal consultation on the proposed development of a new Tullibody South Campus, consisting of Abercromby Primary School, St Bernadette's R.C. Primary School, a nursery and a locality hub.
The consultation, which will run for six weeks, asks for opinions on two options:
In option A, the new campus, including the nursery and locality hub, would be built within the grounds of the existing Abercromby Primary School. Education would continue to take place in the current buildings until the new premises were ready. At this point St Bernadette's R.C. Primary School would be relocated to the campus along with the children of Abercromby Primary School. Both current school buildings and Tullibody Civic Centre would then be demolished. This is called a 'Tandem Build' and would be managed in a safe and secure way. Traffic management arrangements are already in place and would require only limited modification after the construction and demolition period.
In option B, the new campus would be built within the grounds of the present Tullibody Civic Centre. The construction of the new schools on this site would not disrupt learning as the populations would transfer when the new premises were ready. This development would also incorporate facilities for the enhanced community use of the adjoining playing fields. Joint planning with partners and interested parties would take place to ensure a smooth transition to the campus facilities and resolve any stakeholder concerns.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that this project will benefit from funding under the Schools for the Future Programme.
Council Leader Les Sharp said: "These proposals provide an excellent opportunity to bring together education and communities services in a planned way, that take forward the principles of Making Clackmannanshire Better."
Members of the public are invited to give their views on the two options via an online survey which can be accessed on ClacksWeb. A number of face to face engagement events will also be held with interested parties.