Feb 15 2013 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
Dunlop Primary School is set for expansion to cope with a steadily rising roll.
Members of East Ayrshire Council’s cabinet heard last week that the village school was already operating above its official capacity, with 137 pupils.
By 2015 the roll is expected to rise to 172.
“It is a considerable gap,” said Andrew Kennedy, the council’s acting head of facilities management.
Councillors endorsed proposals to expand and ‘reconfigure’ the school building.
The work is to be carried out in two stages, with the first extension completed by this August, when the school roll is set to jump to 155.
The second phase, which covers changes to the dining room and library and the provision of an additional teaching space, will be ready for August 2014.
Questioned by parent representative David Fraser, Mr Kennedy said that changing the school’s catchment area would not have been a realistic solution.
It would have led to problems with the areas covered by primary schools in Stewarton, he said.
“It would be a fairly complicated process to go through,” said Mr Kennedy.
Councillor Iain Linton told the meeting: “This is a reflection of how popular Dunlop is as an area to stay.”
Councillor Eòghann MacColl, a Dunlop resident, said: “This looks like a good option to sort out the school’s problem in both the short term and the long term.”