Bearsden looks set to have a brand new school, as part of the budget proposals revealed this week by the council’s ruling Liberal Democrat/Conservative joint administration.
The capital expenditure programme includes a commitment to replace the existing Boclair Academy with a brand new build on the same site, with work scheduled to start in July next year and expected to take around 18 months to complete.
The current school was built in 1976 and serves pupils from south Bearsden, Westerton and Torrance. However, concerns have been voiced in recent years over the condition of the building, and the joint administration is likely to approve the new build when the council meets to set its new budget next Thursday (March 21).
Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Council Leader, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we are able to propose this development, which I hope the whole council will support.
"Parents have been rightly concerned about the deteriorating condition of parts of the current school, and I am sure that they, and the staff and pupils, will very much welcome this exciting news."
Joint Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Polson added: "This is fantastic news for not just Bearsden but for everyone in Boclair Academy’s catchment area.
"Boclair was high on my list of priorities when I took office as joint council leader, and I am very happy that this new venture will soon come to fruition. Many of its current pupils, and those to come, can now look forward to learning in a state-of-the-art building, which will greatly enhance their educational experience."
Meanwhile, the Joint Administration is proposing a programme of refurbishment to address the most pressing concerns regarding the current school, such as security issues and the condition of the toilets.