A controversial plan to close an historic Perth school is expected to be rubber-stamped next week.
Education chiefs have recommended the closure of Balhousie Primary. It follows a three-month consultation, which saw just one parent attend two public meetings.
Perth and Kinross Council want to move pupils to a new £14 million school at North Muirton.
The move is likely to be approved by members of the lifelong learning committee on Wednesday.
If passed, Balhousie will close – and the new school will open – around the end of July, 2022.
In her report to councillors, service manager Karen Robertson said the move had been backed by Education Scotland, which outlined “many clear and strong potential educational benefits” for youngsters.
These include modern facilities for all pupils, as well as what she said is better outdoor space.
Ms Robertson said: “The larger, new build primary school will incorporate all stages of early years and primary, nurture and additional support needs provision, allowing a range of learning opportunities for all children and young people attending the facility which cannot be met within the current Balhousie Primary School building.”
She added: “The council recognises the poor condition and suitability of Balhousie Primary School and the impact that has on the learning and teaching environment.”
It is estimated that it would cost between £4.8 and £5.7 million to refurbish Balhousie and keep it open.
The report states that the majority of pupils live within a mile of North Muirton Primary.
A dozen members of the public, as well as one parent attended public meetings to debate the school’s future when they were held in April and May.
Of 556 consultees who were invited to respond to the council’s proposals, only 53 online responses were received.
Of those, 43 disagreed with the plan.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the estates shake-up is under way.
There is growing concern about Grandtully Primary School which is also being considered for closure.
The parent council said the school shouldn’t be in the review, because its capacity had recently increased to above 60%.
Perthshire North MSP John Swinney has backed the campaign to save the school.
“Any attempt to close Grandtully Primary School must be vigorously opposed,” he said.
“Grandtully Primary is a fine example of a rural school providing a high-quality education to local children – indeed, its 2017 inspection report rated the school as “very good” in all categories.
“Moreover, the number of pupils enrolled in the school has increased by almost 300% since 2012. It is inconceivable that the Tory council could axe this well-attended and well-run local school.”