School transport to be discussed

An artist impression of the new Kintore Midmill School
An artist impression of the new Kintore Midmill School

A drop-in session will be held for Kinellar parents to find out more about the transport arrangements for their children while they are taught at the new Midmill School in Kintore.

The event, which will take place from 4-7pm on Thursday, October 6 in Kinellar School Hall, will allow parents to speak to council officers involved in organising transport for the pupils who will be taught in Kintore while a replacement Kinellar School is built.

Parents will begin to receive transport information packs through the post at the start of the week which will detail the full arrangements for their children during the time they are being taught at Midmill.

It is expected that Kinellar pupils will be taught at Midmill from mid-November until summer 2018, when their new school is due to be completed.

Aberdeenshire Council will provide transport for the pupils during that time with escorts on the bus accompanying the children.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Alison Evison, explained: “This drop-in session has been organised to help alleviate any concerns parents might have about the transport arrangements for their children being taught at the new Midmill School in Kintore while a replacement school for them in Kinellar is built.

“The new Kinellar School will be a great asset to the local community, replacing the school on its current site.

“While it is being built, Kinellar pupils will be able to take advantage of the fantastic new learning facilities at the soon-to-be-completed Midmill School in Kintore, before they get some of their own.

“A great deal of planning has taken place behind the scenes to make sure transport for the pupils from Blackburn to Kintore runs safely and smoothly and we will continue to listen to any queries raised by parents.”