South Scotland

Kelso High School replacement work set 18-month target

Kelso High School
Image caption The current Kelso High School dates back to the 1930s

Scottish Borders Council hopes to start work on a replacement for Kelso High School within 18 months.

The scheme was one of 30 new projects across the country which has been backed by the Scottish government.

A site for the new school has still to be finalised but it is hoped work will start by early 2014.

Some local residents had hoped the existing building could be redeveloped but education officials said that option posed too many problems.

Conservative MSP John Lamont said the upgrade was "well overdue" and he claimed the Scottish government had been promising the cash since 2009.

He said the present school was "quickly becoming no longer fit for purpose".

South of Scotland SNP MSP Paul Wheelhouse said the programme would provide "great new accommodation" for pupils and was also "brilliant news for the construction industry and local economies".

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