Two weeks to save Dunearn Primary

0111052 SSFF stock dunearn ps 'stock photo Kirkcaldy - dunearn ps, kirkcaldy
0111052 SSFF stock dunearn ps 'stock photo Kirkcaldy - dunearn ps, kirkcaldy

CAMPAIGNERS hoping to save Dunearn Primary School from closure are rallying supporters as D Day approaches.

Parents are pledging to pull out all the stops after councillors were handed a report recommending that it shuts.

And the doors will close for the last time on June 29, 2012, if the document is rubber-stamped in just two weeks time.

The proposal will go before councillors on March 17 - but parents have vowed to fight on.

And they said Fife Council chiefs should ‘hang their heads in shame’ over the consultantion process which has caused huge debate locally.

The parents met on Monday night and are determined to keep their campaign going right up to the crunch meeting later this month.

Steve Harper, one of the organisers of the campaign, is now rallying other parents to help fight the decision.

His message was: “Please do not be despondent - this is far from the end.

“It is imperative that we fight our corner and remain focused on our aim and remain confident that common sense will prevail. The manner in which the information has been relayed to you to help you decide on the proposal was an absolute travesty. These people appointed to look after our interests should hold their head in shame.”The action comes after a report from education boss Kenneth Greer recommended the doors close at Dunearn in 2012, and the pupils to transferred to four different primary schools in Kirkcaldy.

He said the the consultation which has taken place, and the two extensions to it, was “testimony to the Council’s desire to ensure full and transparent consultation”.

Mr Greer writes: “It is considered that the closure of Dunearn P with effect from 29 June 2012, and the subsequent transfer of pupils to Fair Isle, Strathallan, Torbain and Valley primary schools, will sustain the greatest continuity and educational advantage for the young people.’’

Kirkcaldy MSP Marilyn Livingstone, who has been fighting with parents for the school to remain open, said the parent council and the school’s other supporters were ready to lobby councillors, the Scottish Parliament and request Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, calls in the decision for her determination.

Mrs Livingstone said: “The parents believe that they have been denied a consultation process that is fit for purpose and should be allowed to explain their concerns in person so that the Minister is fully informed should she have to make a decision on the future of the school.”