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Keith's decaying schools

By Alistair Whitfield

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SIX out of the seven school buildings around Keith are in a poor condition, according to a report by Moray Council's education department.

Crossroads Primary is one of six school buildings around Keith rated as 'poor'
Crossroads Primary is one of six school buildings around Keith rated as 'poor'

Keith Grammar plus Botriphnie, Crossroads, Newmill, Rothiemay and St Thomas' primary schools have all been rated as 'C'.

This, say council officials, means they are "showing major defects and/or not operating adequately".

The only exception is Keith Primary, which opened in January 2012 and was given an 'A' rating.

The report, written by Willem Smit, the council's quality improvement officer, is due to be discussed by its children's committee on Wednesday, December 18.

Mr Smit states that not all schools in the Keith ASG (associated schools group) are "sustainable and viable".

He adds: "The effects of a ‘make do and mend’ policy decision is having a negative impact on many of the educational buildings within the

ASG with considerable variance in the quality of educational environment across Moray."

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