Joe has welcomed the news that Kilwinning Academy will receive a multi-million investment over the next few years.
Last September Joe launched a campaign for investment in the school with the Kilwinning Academy Parent Council. That campaign gained the support of 1300 local people, demonstrating that the Kilwinning community believes the school is in desperate need of investment.
As part of the campaign Joe revealed that Kilwinning Academy had received less capital investment than every other secondary school in North Ayrshire over the last decade. Joe is hoping that this fresh investment will put this right and help the school mark the 40th anniversary of the school building in 2017.
Kilwinning Academy will share a £8.6million investment with Irvine Royal and Auchenharvie Academies. Joe had prepared budget amendments to deliver this investment.
Commenting on the success of the campaign, Joe said;
“I am delighted that the campaign I ran with Kilwinning Academy parent council and pupils has borne fruit and the school will receive some much needed investment.”
“1300 people signed our petition and helped put this issue firmly on the agenda. It is a credit to everyone involved that this investment has been secured.
“During that campaign we always said that we wanted to see investment in all schools to provide the best education possible to pupils throughout North Ayrshire. It is therefore welcome that pupils at Irvine Royal and Auchenharvie Academy will also benefit from investment.”
“I had two amendments prepared to deliver this investment, with the investment in Kilwinning Academy starting in 2016/17, but was happy to withdraw them in the interest of achieving consensus when the administration delivered their own amendment. It does mean that we are still unclear what level of investment each school will receive and when and I will be discussing this with officers over the coming days and weeks. It would be great to mark the 40th year of the Kilwinning Academy building in 2017 with some substantial improvements to the schools infrastructure.”