South Scotland

Dumfries 'super school' consultation extension welcomed

A teaching union has welcomed moves to extend the consultation on proposals to develop a new super school for S4 to S6 pupils in Dumfries.

The region's education committee is to consider a recommendation to continue the process until at least next summer.

It follows calls by the local branch of the EIS for more time to address concerns about the plans.

Regional Secretary John Dennis said the extension would be a vital first step in restoring faith in the consultation.

A public meeting was held in Dumfries on Wednesday night about the plans.

They could see the four secondary schools in the town retained for S1 to S3.

However, senior students would move to the new super school which would benefit from closer links to further and higher education.

The consultation process had been due to run to the end of the month, but now looks likely to run until the middle of 2013.

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