Councillors have given their approval for a new Rosslyn School to be integrated with the planned new Viewforth High School in Kirkcaldy.
And they’ve also agreed to the creation of a ‘community hub’ on the site of the new schools at Windmill Road playing fields.
A new library, local office and sports facilities will all feature in the same location.
A public consultation held earlier this year showed strong support for integrating Rosslyn and Viewforth, with 88 per cent of respondents in favour.
The proposal to close the existing Rosslyn School if a new school was built received 81 per cent support.
However, there was less support for locating the library and local office on the same site, with only 59 per cent and 33 per cent in favour respectively.
Councillor Peter Grant, SNP group leader, said: “This is a chance to get two new schools, perhaps for the price of not much more than one.
“I’m pleased there has been a positive reaction to the proposal that Rosslyn should be integrated into a ‘normal’ school. The principle should be to integrate into the local school as much as possible.
“I was concerned there might have been some outdated attitudes coming through. I’m pleased that’s not the case and I commend the people of Kirkcaldy for that.”
Councillor Bryan Poole, education spokesman, added: “Integrating Rosslyn and Viewforth is a significant development.”
Concerns were raised about the public visiting the library and local office having access to the schools, particularly Rosslyn, which caters for children from 3-18 years with complex additional support needs.
However, Council officers said the design team would ensure appropriate security arrangements were in place to prevent the public gaining access to the schools without permission or supervision.
Gordon Wardrope, education officer, said: “The Council design team has experience of similar designs and arrangements in integrated school facilities across Fife.”
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the Kirkcaldy area committee, welcomed the idea of creating a community hub, and stressed the importance of much-needed sports facilities in this area of the town.
The new library and local office will replace the existing Sinclairtown Library and the local office in Park Road.
However, while the local office is currently being considered for closure under the office rationalisation programme, proposals have still to be brought forward for the closure of existing library.