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ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION START 'IMPORTANT DAY FOR ELGIN'

25/03/2016  

SNP Councillors have welcomed the start of construction of a £30 million new build replacement for Elgin High School.

The Scottish Government is providing over 28 million pounds in funding with the Council contributing around 1.6 million pounds.

Speaking after the turf cutting ceremony at Elgin High School, Elgin City South SNP Councillor Graham Leadbitter said:

“This is an important day for Elgin and I am absolutely delighted to see the work starting on the ground to build the new High School. It is a huge 30 million pound investment in education for Elgin High pupils, which would not have been possible without the massive 28 million pounds contribution from the Scottish Government.

“It was great to see young people from the High School and all of its associated primary schools taking part in the turf cutting ceremony. They will have the direct educational benefits when the school is completed next year.

“A tremendous amount of work has been invested already but it is only when the construction starts that it feels ‘real’! I look forward to seeing the new school take shape in the coming months.”

The SNP Opposition Spokesperson on The Moray Council, Cllr Mike Shand, said:

“As a result of the huge 28 million pound investment by the Scottish Government in Elgin High School the Council has also been able to take forward major refurbishment of 4 other primary schools in Elgin, Forres, Lossiemouth and Buckie.

“In addition the SNP’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently announced still further education investment, including a commitment to fund two thirds of the cost of a replacement Lossiemouth High School.

“I am absolutely delighted with the commitment being shown to education investment by the Scottish Government and I am really looking forward to seeing these new schools in operation.”

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