Councillors will today be urged to give all Moray Council staff a say in the local authority’s schools shake-up.
Douglas Ross, Scottish Conservative member for Fochabers and Lhanbryde, will present a motion to the full council calling for teachers and other workers to be given the freedom to speak their mind as part of the Sustainable Education Review.
The study by Caledonian Economics was launched last year after it emerged that £70million was needed to bring existing buildings up to standard.
One option under consideration is a “super campus” of 750-1,000 pupils, which would require the merger of several schools.
Mr Ross said: “Last week I was at an extremely well attended meeting organised by the Save Milne’s High group and one of the issues which was raised was the fact that many council staff felt restricted in what they could say or do because they work for the local authority.
“I’m of the opinion that since this is a major review that will shape the future of our education system in Moray, every parent, carer or interested party should feel free to make their opinions known and to contribute to the debate.
“In many ways our teachers and school staff will have some of the most important contributions to this debate and I don’t want anyone to feel they have to avoid contacting their councillors or support petitions just because they’re employed by the council.”
The Save Milne’s Community Action group has already collected 2,000 signatures on a petition opposing any moves to close the Fochabers school.