Councillors have given their permission to proceed with the construction of a replacement school for Viewforth High School.
And it’s been confirmed that the new school, which will be built on the Windmill Road playing fields site in the east of Kirkcaldy, will retain the Viewforth name.
The go-ahead follows a consultation which indicated considerable support for the building of a new school.
Councillors also approved further consultations on proposals to integrate Rosslyn School – which cares for children with additional support needs – with the new Viewforth, and on plans to create a community hub on the site with a library, local office and sports facilities.
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee and a member of the executive committee, welcomed the decision to proceed with the project.
He said everyone who had campaigned for the replacement of Viewforth had gone through a range of emotions, from despair and trepidation to relief and excitement.
And on the prospect of creating a community hub, he said: “To create something like this in the most deprived area of Fife, with sports facilities and 3G pitches, is tremendous.”
As revealed in the Press last month, £3 million has been earmarked for the community hub from the Council’s Community Investment Fund. If it goes ahead, it would mean the library moving from Loughborough Road, and the Council’s local office being relocated from Park Road.
The prospect of closing the existing Rosslyn School and integrating it with Viewforth, subject to consultation, was also seen as a positive move.
Councillor Peter Grant, SNP group leader, said: “Rosslyn School is an inspirational place, but if we can integrate it back into a mainstream school, then we should be doing that.”
Council leader Alex Rowley said it was good to have reached this stage as parents were of the view that promises of a new school had been broken many times.
He also praised everyone associated with Viewforth, saying staff, pupils and the wider community were proud of their school, and this was reflected in the excellent attainment levels and the general spirit.