Highland Council loses appeal on Skye schools decision
Highland Council has lost an appeal against a decision refusing consent to the proposed closures of four schools.
The local authority wants to close Edinbane, Dunvegan, Knockbreck and Struan primaries and construct a new school at Dunvegan on Skye.
Scottish ministers called in the proposal last year for consideration by a school closure review panel.
After the panel opposed the closures, the council lodged an appeal at Portree Sheriff Court.
In a newly-released judgement, Sheriff James Tierney rejected the council's legal challenge.
Drew Millar, chairman of Highland Council's education, children and adult services committee, said the authority had not had time to consider the judgement.
He said the council was disappointed and it would reflect further on it.
Mr Millar told BBC Radio Scotland that he hoped a new school could still be built at Dunvegan.
He said: "I will be speaking to directors and officials and I hope we will still be able to supply a new school for the catchment area of Dunvegan."