Two key education decisions affecting the Carrick area were made by South Ayrshire Council’s Leadership panel on education on Tuesday.
The panel firstly agreed to fund £40,000 for two new campus cops at secondary schools in South Ayrshire, one of which will be based at Carrick Academy in Maybole.
Campus cops have been a feature at South Ayrshire schools for a number of years with police officers taking up roles on the grounds of Marr College in Troon and at Ayr, Belmont and Kyle Academies in February 2008.
The latest agreement means that pupils and staff at Carrick Academy should be welcoming a campus police officer onto the school grounds in the next few months.
Prestwick Academy is also set to get a campus police officer with the council putting up £40,000 of the shared funding along with Police Scotland for the next three years after which the posts will be reviewed. Previous reviews into campus police officers have shown they have brought a lot of benefits to the schools they have served including establishing a good relationship with young people in the schools, helping to educate young people in schools of the role of Police Scotland and helping young people to take an active role in community safety issues.
The panel also agreed a paper which sets out the consultation process ahead of the planned relocation of the special needs school at Invergarven Primary in Girvan to a new site at the town’s Academy.
Plans for a new Invergarven School were agreed by councillors at a budget meeting in December last year with close to £3.7 million being set aside for the proposals which should see a new school completed by 2017.
The paper agreed by the education panel is in line with the guidelines laid out by the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 and details the process that will be carried out.
The proposal document will be put on the council’s website at www.southayrshire.gov.uk/consultations and copies of the documents will also be placed in the County Buildings in Ayr, Invergarven School, Girvan Academy, Girvan Library, Girvan Community Centre and the Girvan Customer Contact Centre.
Consultees include the parent councils of both schools, the parents of children and young people at both schools, parents of children who are expected to attend one of the schools in the next two years, children and young people attending both schools, teaching and support staff at both schools, the trade unions representating staff at both schools, community councils, the constituency MSP and MP, local councillors, list MSPs, the chief executive of NHS Ayrshire and Arran and religious representatives.
The consultation period will begin with an advert in the local press on Wednesday 25th February and will end on Friday 24th April whilst a public meeting will be held in Girvan Academy on Tuesday 10th March at 7pm as part of the consultation. The precise location for the new school has not yet been finalised but it is hoped in discussions with the schools and their respective parent councils that it can be built on the site of the bus and car park which is currently situated at Girvan Academy with the bus and car park being relocated elsewhere.
The new school will also continue to be called Invergarven Primary.