A rural primary school with no pupils is being kept open due to "frustrating red tape" a council says.
No pupils have been taught at Llanfynydd VA Primary School in Carmarthenshire since September.
But the local authority says it cannot shut the school until a consultation and a vote has been held on the issue.
It said as no objections were received to the consultation, councillors will vote in January on whether the school should shut by the summer.
The school's staff and head teacher have been redeployed and the school building itself is shut but the site does have a caretaker.
'Bring forward closure'
The council said it was bound to the the current statutory process determined by the Welsh government.
Council leader Kevin Madge said: "With all the cut backs we are facing, it's very frustrating to have all this red tape.
"We should write to the minister to tell him that this process is still not working."
A Welsh government spokesperson said: "We are sure there is a sensible, common sense way through this process.
"Carmarthenshire County Council must now meet to determine the matter and can bring forward the original implementation date providing there are no pupils at the school and they have consulted the governing body."