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Crumbling schools are given cash

posted 28 Sep 2009, 04:03 by David Rintoul   [ updated 28 Sep 2009, 04:18 ]

Two run-down Lothian schools were today promised cash for the new buildings which they have spent years campaigning for.

Education secretary Fiona Hyslop named Edinburgh's James Gillespie's High School and Lasswade High in Midlothian among the first 14 secondary schools to benefit from the Scottish Government's £1.25 billion school building programme.

James Gillespie's has been plagued with problems, including an ailing heating system, which leaves classrooms either too hot or too cold, poor toilets, leaking roofs and mouldy classrooms.

And the crumbling building at Lasswade, which has not been refurbished for half a century, costs £2 million a year to maintain.

Ms Hyslop made the announcement this morning as she visited Lasswade High before officially opening the new Armadale Academy.

She said more than 2,300 pupils in Lothian would be lifted out of poor conditions as a result.


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