JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Parents Prepare For School Closure Battle
across Coventry are gearing themselves up to protest against plans
to close their children’s schools at a series of meetings.
primary schools in the city are threatened with closure as part of
plans by Coventry City Council to reduce the number of surplus
officials, councillors, headteachers, governors, teachers and
parents are all to attend meetings at each school to discuss the
consultation follows angry scenes outside the council house where
parents campaigned against the proposed closures of some schools
and Conservative councillors said they supported the need for
closures, while the Socialist party called for changes to be made
in the way schools are funded to prevent the loss of community
from some schools have already organised action groups to oppose
City Council wants to cut more than 2,000 places by 2005 to
prevent the number of surplus places in the city growing to more
consultation paper is being distributed to all those affected by
the plans in advance of the meetings.
George Duggins cabinet member (Education and Libraries) said:
consultation process on these proposals can now begin and we can
start discussions as to how we can reduce surplus places in
primary schools in the city.
hope that there will be a high attendance at the consultation
meetings to ensure a meaningful dialogue with the community
about these proposals - and if people have their own ideas about
how the problem can be tackled then we want to hear them.”
added that the council will consider all the responses received by
the end of the consultation period at the end of March before
making firm proposals to be published as Statutory Notices in May.
is then a further two-month period during which objections to the
proposals can be registered.
statutory objections to the proposals are received it will be a
matter for the School Organisation Committee (SOC) to decide
subject to them reaching a unanimous agreement.
the SOC is unable to reach a unanimous agreement it will be
referred to the adjudicator for a decision.
dates of the meetings, which are all at 7pm, are as follows:
Tuesday 6 February
End: Thursday 8 February
Bridge: Tuesday 13 February
Patrick's: Tuesday 13 February
Augustine's: Tuesday 27 February
Tuesday 27 February
Benedict's: Wednesday 28 February
Henry Parkes: Tuesday 6 March
Harris: Wednesday 7 March
Osborn: Tuesday 13 March
Mary's: Thursday 15 March
Wood: Tuesday 20 March
Christi: Thursday 22 March
Anne's: Wednesday 28 March
further meeting at Elm Bank Teachers Centre, Mile Lane will be
arranged in late March for those not able to attend on the dates
[09 JAN 01] COVENTRY SCHOOLS
TO CLOSE AS PLACES CUT