Sorbie school decision to be made

Councillors have been asked to consider officially closing Sorbie Primary School, which has been empty for a year following the transfer of its final pupil to Garlieston Primary.

The school was ‘mothballed’ last Easter after parents took the decision to move their children to a bigger school for their overall benefit. All equipment was removed and staff relocated.

Two parents wrote to the council during the recent consultation into the plans. One raised concerns that there are 10 children under the age of two in the village, adding that their parents have most likely not sought information on their children’s future education yet and may wish to have them educated in the village.

Another added that the consultation had come a year too later, leaving them to make difficult decisions on their children’s future by themselves.

Other locals voiced concern over the possible sale of the school building in light of potential plans to close the village hall, suggesting one be retained for community use.

The decision on the school’s future was to be made yesterday (Thursday).