Cash for Bo’ness school improvements

Children's Commissioner for Scotland Tam Baillie on visit to Public School.
Children's Commissioner for Scotland Tam Baillie on visit to Public School.

A primary school in Bo’ness will have a better teaching environment thanks to a £100,000 investment by Falkirk Council.

The local authority has moved to install a new boiler at the town’s Public Primary School after it was revealed that both it and St Mary’s RC Primary School were rated “poor” in an annual council survey of schools.

As a result of the survey, St Mary’s had new internal glass screens intalled at a cost of £26,000.

Other expenditure on Bo’ness schools included £105,000 on a new glass atrium, £175,000 on car park resurfacing and £28,000 on roofing works at Kinneil Primary School.

Councillor Alan Nimmo, who has responsibility for the education portfolio, told the Journal and Gazette: “In the last five years the investment in Falkirk’s school estate has amounted to £30 million through the council’s capital programme and over £7.5 million through the revenue repairs and maintenance programme.”

Falkirk Council spends half of its budget on providing education and maintaining school buildings.

This month councillors were updated on the condition of all the schools it owns when the School Estate Management Plan progress report was agreed.

The report provided information in relation to works carried out, work planned and an assessment of the current estate.