£1.9M Laxdale school extension officially opened

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The official opening of the £1.9million Laxdale Primary School extension and alteration took place last Wednesday.

The project on Lewis has provided two new pre-school playrooms, a gym and assembly hall, a new canteen and dining area and external improvement works.

The project was designed and delivered by the Comhairle’s inhouse building projects team and construction work, which has been ongoing since June 2018, and was carried out by O’Mac Construction Ltd.

Leader of the Comhairle, Councillor Roddie Mackay, said: ‘The Comhairle is working to improve all schools throughout the Western Isles, through an estate upgrade and also the expansion of early years, with all schools being taken out of category C and made into category B schools, and most schools being refurbished or planned to be over the next while. I am very pleased to see this extension completed to a high standard.’

Commenting at the short ceremony which took place to mark the occasion, Margaret Joan Macleod, GM1 teacher, said when she started in Laxdale School 28 years ago, there was no library, there was no room for the nursery and Sgoil Àraich, no proper gym and the cafeteria was a canteen in a hut.

‘We are very fortunate to be part of a local authority that listens to us and ensures that pupils are educated in the best of buildings with the best of facilities.

‘It is because they care about our pupils that we have this wonderful extension to our school.’