On 25 October 2017 the Council committed to a new school build to replace Netherthird Primary School.
Work to fully repair and refurbish the current school would not offer the long-term quality and breadth of educational experience the Council wants for all young people in the area and the new build school is now considered the best and most viable option to deliver primary education in the area.
The £1.9 million earmarked for refurbishment of the school in 2016, will now be transferred to the funding required for the new build as part of the Capital Investment Programme.
Engagement on the design proposals – and the implications for pupils currently decanted in other schools – will include parents, pupils, staff and the local community, with opportunities to participate in this process to be publicised widely as the programme of work is developed.
During a programme of structural inspections undertaken during the summer holidays an issue was identified with the ceilings in the primary school classrooms.
Structural engineers advise that repair work on the ceilings is required and, purely as a precaution, these classrooms should be closed to allow further investigations to take place.
In the meantime, from Tuesday 22 August 2017, P1-P5 pupils will be decanted to Greenmill Primary School and P6-P7 pupils will be decanted to Cumnock Academy. Coaches will leave Netherthird Community Centre Car Park at 8.50am and return around 3.15pm.
A drop in session was arranged for Thursday 17 August 2017 at Netherthird Community Centre between 4.30pm and 7.00pm where officers and school staff were available to answer questions.