The construction of a new Inverurie Academy can get under way following confirmation of part funding by the Scottish Government.
The project is included in a £230 million investment in the final phase of the £1.8 billion Schools for the Future programme.
We already have experience of successful partnership work in Laurencekirk, Ellon and AlfordCllr Martin Kitts-Hayes Aberdeenshire Council co-leader
Councillors last year backed plans for a new academy in Inverurie to be built on the current school site.
The £50 million campus will include a community swimming pool, sports facilities and a youth cafe.
Confirmation of the funding pledge was warmly welcomed this week.
Council co-leader and local Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes said: “I welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement that they will part fund the new academy in Inverurie.
“We are delighted to be to be able to work with partners to deliver excellent educational facilities for young people across Aberdeenshire.
“We already have experience of successful partnership work in Laurencekirk, Ellon and Alford. “
Chair of the education, learning and leisure committee Councillor Alison Evison said: “Confirmation of the Scottish Government’s contribution will allow us to go ahead and commence construction on a new academy in Inverurie.
“It will help us to continue our improvements to the secondary school estate and provide an excellent facility for people in Inverurie.”
Aberdeenshire East MSP and Gordon MP Alex Salmond said: “This is great news for Inverurie and great news for local school pupils.
“The new Inverurie Academy will ensure that pupils have the best access to the latest facilities and provide an excellent learning environment for pupils of today and well into the future.”
Local councillor Bryan Stuart added: “This is a huge step forward for Inverurie and the Garioch.
“It is great that the new academy will remain on the same site it has occupied for more than a century.
“As a former pupil from Dr Dixon’s time, I am delighted that this will maintain a long tradition of good educational provision in the area, and continue to reinforce the vitality of the town centre.”
The replacement school will have a capacity for 1600 pupils.
A total of 19 Scottish schools were announced in the Holyrood funding package with all being completed by 2020.