A PLAN to bring forward a proposed upgrade of Muiredge Primary School in Uddingston was warmly welcomed this week by one of the village’s councillors.
Jim McGuigan said he was delighted that education officials at South Lanarkshire Council had agreed to his requests to move pupils out of the school, and allow the work to get under way, nine months ahead of schedule.
Councillor McGuigan said that pupils at the school will be moved to a temporary base at St Joseph’s Primary in Blantyre in October 2013.
He said: “The work was originally scheduled for 2014 but for some time I have been trying to get it brought forward.
“The school will basically be stripped back to a shell and then rebuilt, with a new extension, and this is something which is very badly needed.
“A lot of work has been done on the roof but it still has leaks coming through and it is not a very conduicive environment in which to teach the children, although the performances and results of the pupils and the school have always been of the highest order, despite the disadvantages.
“I very much welcome the agreement to start this work earlier than planned and look forward to the Muiredge pupils getting back into their refurbished school as quickly as possible.”
The Muiredge pupils are expected to be based at St Joseph’s for around 18 months while the refurbishment work is carried out.
A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: “As part of South Lanarkshire Council’s primary schools modernisation programme Muiredge Primary school is programmed to be extensively refurbished and extended to provide a modern learning environment for children.
“The target programme is to submit planning and listed building applications in spring 2013 with, subject to approval, a construction start in autumn 2013.”
“This is slightly ahead of the previously approved construction start date of 2014. The construction programme is still to be confirmed but is likely to be for a period of 16 months.
“A parent and guardian information session is being held at Muiredge on Monday from 3-7pm in order to answer any questions that parents may have.”