Why we voted to shut down a school

LOCAL Labour councillors have gone on the record to defend their support for the closure of Abronhill High School in 2014.

Following Wednesday’s council meetings in Motherwell in which the proposals were voted through by 37-21, two Cumbernauld representatives have contacted the News and Chronicle to publicly explain why they followed the whip.

Councillor Stephanie Muir, as a former pupil of the school, says she has been particularly singled out, to the extent hostile messages have been posted on her Facebook page.

She has contacted us to explain her motives, as has her colleague Allan Graham who has also spoken out.

Stephanie Muir said: “As an ex-pupil of Abronhill High School I certainly didn’t take the decision lightly, but feel it was the right thing to do. The long term benefits of the new investment put the local education on a solid footing for years to come. A brand new school for Cumbernauld as well as Greenfaulds, we have ensured that our town will see around £70 million investment in schools in the next three-four years. This will mean new, modern facilities for our children to benefit from.”

For the full story, and more on Abronhill High School, see this week’s Cumbernauld News or Kilsyth Chronicle dated Wednesday, February 13.

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