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Gartly School repair decision on hold during lockdown

By Pat Scott

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NO decision will be taken on the future of Gartly School until after the coronavirus lockdown comes to an end.

The school has been closed since December 2018 after a massive leak of heating fuel into the foundations of the building was discovered.

Remedial work was halted as the bill continued to climb and earlier this year Aberdeenshire Council said the only option for re-instating the school was part demolition and rebuilding due to the nature of the contamination.

Marr Area committee members have now recommended that the education and children’s services committee defer a decision on the works due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Aberdeenshire Council previously said that all options for the school were being considered, and that closure was a possibility although there is a presumption against the closure of schools.

Initially pupils were re-located to Kennethmont School but a self contained unit at Rhynie School has latterly been being used to accommodate the Gartly pupils.

No work on the school site will take place at the moment.

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