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Scottish government funds for new Alness Academy

Alness Academy Image copyright Stephen McKay/Geograph
Image caption Highland Council has concerns about the condition of Alness Academy

The Scottish government has agreed to help fund the building of a new secondary school in Easter Ross.

Replacing Alness Academy in Alness has been a "major priority" of Highland Council because of the deteriorating state of the building.

The local authority has already set aside money for a new school and will now finalise details with the government on its funding.

Alness Academy has a roll of 427 pupils.

The government support will come from £230m it has allocated to replacing or upgrading 19 schools across Scotland.

Work could start on the new Alness Academy in 2019-20.

Highland Council's education chairman Drew Millar said: "Alness Academy has been a major priority for Highland Council.

"I have been concerned at the condition of the building, and with this announcement we can proceed as quickly as possible to give the community a school they will be proud to attend and deserve.

"It is good news for Highland Council, and it is great news for children and families in Alness."

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