>> 24 June 2013
SNP councillors Richard Thomson and Rob Merson have commented following the turf-cutting ceremony for the new academy at Ellon.
Work started on the £36 million project which forms part of the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future building programme. The new building is receiving £25 million coming directly from the Scottish Government.
Ellon & District councillor Richard Thomson said:
Chair of Formartine Area Committee, Cllr Rob Merson, remarked:
“Ellon Academy has had a consistent track record of excellence and I am delighted that it will soon have a state-of-the-art facility which will provide an optimum environment to build on that proud record.”
Speaking at Ellon Academy, Minister for Learning, Science & Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan MSP who said:
“This is one of 67 schools being replaced or refurbished as part of the £1.25 billion Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme, and one of three in Aberdeenshire – work at Mearns Academy is already underway and I expect to see progress at Alford Academy by the spring.
“By the time the Programme finishes the Scottish Government, together with local authorities, will have lifted over 46,000 pupils into top quality accommodation, helping ensure that our children and young people have the best possible chance of being ready for the global jobs market.”