The Education Budget

tobermory school

We've attached the text from the Press Release that went to the Oban Times on Monday which is the basis for this week's lead article.

Whatever your views are about the location of a new campus, a refit of the existing campus was never raised during any consultation with the community.

If you feel that our community will be short changed if the Council votes in favour of a refurbishment at the meeting on the 22nd then please write and have your views heard.

PRESS RELEASE

Parents and community members of the Isles of Mull and Iona were astonished to discover that Argyll and Bute Council is considering an option to spend £9million refurbishing Tobermory High School rather than co-fund the LEIP bid granted by the Scottish Government in October 2023.

Papers released to Councillors in advance of the 22nd February budgetmeeting include an option which has never been discussed withCommunity Councils, Parent Councils or the wider community. This option would see a ‘make do and mend’ partial upgrade to some of the facilities at the current

Tobermory High site. It would not overcome the fundamental issues outlined in the LEIP bid, including "a catalyst for long term population retention" and "a facility for the whole island”.

Community groups have asked for updates on the Mull Campus plans at regular intervals since the announcement of the successful bid in October and have been asked to be patient. Councillor Amanda Hampsey reassured Mull Community
Council's December meeting that it could expect an update on the consultation process in February.

Instead the recent bombshell refurbishment option, if it is agreed at the budget meeting on 22nd February, would leave the community with a school which the Council acknowledges is not fit for purpose. Mull Community Council urges concerned members of the public to contact their Councillors for Oban South and the Isles plus the Leader of the Council and the Policy Lead for Education:

Councillor William Hume - Oban South and the Isles
willie.hume@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Councillor Amanda Hampsey - Oban South and the Isles
amanda.hampsey@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Councillor Andrew Cain - Oban South and the Isles
andrew.kain@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Councillor Jim Lynch - Oban South and the Isles
jim.lynch@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Councillor Robin Currie - Argyll and Bute Council leader
robin.currie@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Councillor Yvonne McNeill - Argyll and Bute Policy Lead for Education
yvonne.mcneilly@argyll-bute.gov.uk

The Community Council will meet at An Roth, Craignure, at 7.00pm and via Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook on the following dates in 2024. All meetings are open to the public, If you have an agenda item for a future meeting, please contact one of the Community Councillors.

3rd April, 1st May, 5th June, 3rd July, 7th August, 4th September, 2nd October, 6th November, 4th December.

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