Proposed major developments at two Inverness primary schools have taken a step forward.
Under the council plans, one popular facility will get three new classrooms, while the other will get a better sports area.
Milton of Leys Primary opened in 2011 but has been running close to capacity for some time because of youngsters joining from outwith the catchment area.
The school roll is also rising because of the increasing number of houses being built nearby.
The Highland Council has plans to build four classrooms on the site to cope with the influx.
However funding is committed for three extra rooms only.
Now the local authority has awarded the contract to build the classrooms to Morrison Construction.
It is understood that building will take place while the school is in session.
There was a row last year when proposals to teach 42 primary six pupils in the library were revealed.
Foundations for four extra rooms were put in place when the school was originally constructed.
One councillor Ken Gowans called for all four classrooms to be built at the same time.
And a new multi-use games area will be created just a few miles away at Lochardil Primary School.
A contractor is being sought for the work at the school, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The improvement works include the creation of a multi-use playing surface, ground works and paths, as well as the installation of related sports equipment and fencing.
Work on the playing field will also include drainage, levelling and grass seeding.
Work is currently ongoing at Lochardil to make alterations to the staffroom and rear stage to create an accessible toilet.