Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

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Campaign launched for investment in Kilwinning Academy

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Joe has been joined by members of Kilwinning Academy Parent Council and pupils from the school as they launched a campaign calling on North Ayrshire Council to invest in the school.

The campaign has been launched as the review of education and the school estate, initiated by the Council’s Cabinet following the decision to scrap plans for a Three Towns campus, is due to publish its report by the end of the year. 

The Kilwinning Academy building will be 40 years old in 2017 and little has changed since its opening. 

The campaign has released a statement calling, that they are asking people to co-sign, calling on the Council’s review to set out a plan for investing in Kilwinning Academy over the coming years. 

Speaking after the launch Councillor Cullinane said, 

“It is simply time that money was invested in Kilwinning Academy’s infrastructure. The building will be 40 years old in 2017 and very little has changed to it since it opened.” 

“Whilst other schools have received investment Kilwinning Academy hasn’t. The school doesn’t have a dedicated dining hall, still has a red blaze sports pitch and the promise of installing Wi-Fi over the summer hasn’t materialised. The pupils, staff, parents and wider community of Kilwinning Academy deserve the best educational facilities in order to support the schools drive for improvement and this campaign is calling for the investment that is required.” 

“With the review of the school estate due to be published in the next few months now is the time to make the case for Kilwinning Academy. I am delighted that the campaign is backed by the Parent Council and pupils are already starting to sign up. I very much hope that the whole of Kilwinning will unite behind the campaign, the more support we can demonstrate we have the harder it will be for our calls to be ignored.” 

Parent Council Chair Jackie Hamilton added; 

“The Parent Council fully supports this campaign and is asking all past and present pupils and parents of the school to sign up.”

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