Funding concern over Carmarthenshire schools revamp

Concerns have been raised by council officials about how a shake-up of Carmarthenshire secondary schools would be funded.

The £60m scheme could see the number cut from five to three in the Dinefwr and Gwendraeth Valley areas.

The council hoped the cost would be met by the assembly government, but the council may now have to contribute between £13.9m and £20.8m.

The council's executive board has agreed to a consultation on the plans.

The scheme would involve two separate mergers of schools: Maes yr Yrfa at Cefneithin and Ysgol y Gwendraeth in Drefach; and Ysgol Tre-Gib at Llandeilo and Ysgol Pantycelyn in Llandovery.

Ysgol Dyffryn Aman in Ammanford would remain.

'Flow of funding'

There would be investment in the Maes yr Yrfa site as part of the merger with Ysgol y Gwendraeth, and a new school built in Ffairfach to accommodate the other merger.

Parents have expressed concerns about both mergers.

A meeting of the council's executive board heard discussions were taking place with assembly government officials about the funding of the project.

The council's director of special projects, Robert Sully, admitted that the "flow of funding was crucial for the progress of the scheme".

A meeting with assembly government education officials is due to be held over the next few weeks.

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