Argyll and Bute Council has today (Thu 25 April) agreed the site selection process for the new Oban High School. It comes after an announcement in September last year from the Scottish Government confirming the school had been successful in its bid to be included in the third phase of the ‘Schools for the future programme’.
The process includes identifying the approach to long listing potential sites and the criteria for shortlisting the sites which will then be put forward to the public for consultation and ultimately put up for approval by the council. Educational benefit, community access, affordability and deliverability will all be taken into account during the process. The site selection will contribute to the development of an outline business case.
Lead Councillor for Education, Richard Trail said, “In September there will be a shortlist of potential sites for the new school which will be consulted on widely before any final decisions are made by the council.
“The site selection process will be similar to that which we carried out in Campbeltown last year which has identified the existing location of the school as the preferred site.
“This new Oban High School is great news and I very much look forward to working with the Scottish Government, the people of Oban and the surrounding area and our other partners to move these plans forward in the next few months.”
The Oban High School project will lever in funding from the Scottish Government over a 25 year period which will fund the equivalent of two thirds of the capital cost of construction of the school. Argyll and Bute Council will meet the remaining one third of the capital cost of construction up front and will pay on-going sum for lifecycle, maintenance and repair over a 25 year period that will ensure the school is maintained to a high standard.