The contract for a million pound refurbishment of a north-east school will be awarded within weeks.
Aberdeenshire Council put the work required at Fraserburgh’s Westfield School out to tender earlier this year, inviting contractors to bid for the chance to carry out the job.
This process expired on December 7.
And the local authority now aims to have made a choice on its preferred workforce by January 24.
Council bosses want the school’s electrical and mechanical installations upgraded, and also want the winning contractor to build two “small” extensions.
It is estimated the work will cost around £1.4million –
Last night, local councillor Brian Topping welcomed the work being progressed at Westfield.
He said: “I’ve been a big supporter of the school for a number of years, and the work that goes on there is a fantastic asset for the people of the town.
“The patience, care and attention that the staff give the pupils there really is second to none.
“So this upgrade work is well deserved and much-needed.
“I certainly support Westfield School’s head teacher and staff, and the proposed refurbishment works. I think it will actually give everyone there, including the pupils, a great boost to see that their school isn’t being forgotten about.”
The work is the latest in a series of improvement projects at the facility which is used by students with additional support needs.
In 2014, councillors backed a £3million scheme to create a family centre at the school and improve its facilities.
However, it has also been targeted by thieves.
Last summer, three teenagers – two boys aged 15 and one 14-year-old boy – broke into the school.
They were later referred to the Youth Justice Management Unit.