A meeting of the SIC’s full council took just five minutes today to decide the fate of the Bressay school.
Councillors unanimously backed recommendations from Monday’s education and families commitee to close the school, which has seen pupil numbers dwindle to just four.
Education chairwoman Vaila Wishart moved the recommendations that education in Bressay come to a halt. She said: “A lot of parents have voted with their feet, but the educational arguments were very strong from Children’s Services and Education Scotland.”
Jonathan Wills, who lives in the isle, voiced hope that the building would be retained within council control, to allow the school to re-open once Bressay is enjoying happier times.
“There is still a possibility of a tunnel, and if that were to happen that school could accommodate 60 pupils. It would be perfectly possible to use it as a third Lerwick school.”
Council solicitor Kirsten Johnston said the decision before councillors was about stopping provision of education.
“What happens to the building will be the subject of a future report on future discussions.”
More in Friday’s Shetland Times.