Long wait ahead for Mull’s new high school

Tobermory High School.

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New schools for Mull and Islay are long-term plans, a councillor has warned.

Talk of replacement schools came up at last week’s Zoom meeting of Mull Community Council. Robbie Cameron from the Ross of Mull raised the issue saying high schools for those islands were next on Argyll and Bute Council’s list to rebuild. He also reminded members of an offer of help from Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) to help with any feasibility study.

There is discussion among islanders about where a new high school on Mull should be. In Tobermory or nearer to Craignure to be handier for families living out on the Ross of Mull.

But Councillor Mary-Jean Devon told the meeting: ‘We are being a bit premature here. We’ve not even talked about a feasibility study. The next two schools to be replaced are Mull and Islay but there is no money at the moment.

‘It’s long in the distance, not something that’s going to happen in the next six or 12 months. There has to be a feasibility study first.’

There have been concerns about the state of  the school building in Tobermory – although work on the roof, decorating and other upgrade works has been ongoing.

At a previous community council meeting, chairman of Tobermory High School Parent Council Neil Hutton reported the state of the school would never come off the agenda and the phrase ‘sticking plaster’ when talking about repairs had been used more than once in discussions.