Dalbeattie learning campus contracts signed
Contracts have been signed which will allow work to begin next month on a £26.5m "learning campus" in Dalbeattie.
The project is being provided by Dumfries and Galloway Council via the the Scottish government's Scottish Futures Trust.
Graham Construction will build the campus which is scheduled to open in autumn 2017.
The shared campus will be used by a new Dalbeattie High School, Dalbeattie Primary School and Nursery.
Council leader Ronnie Nicholson said: "Providing the best start in life for all our children is a priority for our council and Dalbeattie Learning Campus is key to this.
He said the new development would "transform learning and teaching for pupils and staff".
Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown added: "This is an important milestone for the Dalbeattie community, who will see the work get under way on their new state-of-the-art learning campus in a matter of weeks.
"In addition to the educational benefits of the new school, it will boost the local economy through construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities."