Parents in Dundee are to be consulted over whether they would back a merger between two city high schools.
Council officials are to carry out an “informal consultation” over the futures of fire-ravaged Braeview High School and Craigie High School.
Children and families services convener Stewart Hunter said parents of pupils at both schools will be asked whether they want to see the schools remain independent or if they would be in favour of the creation of a new, merged high school.
Braeview Academy was badly damaged by fire in September and pupils were sent to classes at Craigie High School and Baldragon Academy.
Temporary classrooms have now been installed in the Whitfield school and all pupils have returned.
The council is now canvassing opinion on whether to rebuild the fire-damaged school or merge it with Craigie High and create a new building on the site of the former St Saviour’s RC High School on Drumgeith Road
He said there is money in the capital budget to eventually carry out running maintenance on both schools until they are replaced or to create a new, merged high school.
Mr Hunter said: “Basically, we are putting forward a couple of options.
“Option one is to continue the two schools and use the insurance money to refurbish the parts of Braeview damaged by fire.
“Option two is is a merger and creating a new school on the site of the former St Saviour’s High School.”
Mr Hunter added formal proposals for the future of the two schools will be brought to committee later this year.
Councillors in Dundee are also in discussions with Angus and Perth and Kinross councils about building a new school in the Western Gateway serving all three local authority areas from nursery right through to high school.
Last month Labour Lochee councillor Michael Marra said a new primary school for the Western Gateway was needed as a matter of urgency.
He warned plans for the shared school could delay any plans for a primary.