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For immediate publication: Monday 25 January 2016

ALEX SALMOND WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW INVERURIE ACADEMY

Alex Salmond MSP (Aberdeenshire East) MP (Gordon) has today welcomed the news of the new Inverurie Academy building.

As part of the Scottish Government's new £230 million School for the Future plan, Inverurie Academy will be completely rebuilt on the current playing fields with the existing academy, community centre and swimming pool being demolished.

This land will then be incorporated into the new school grounds, which will include a new and improved swimming pool, Astroturf pitch and a youth café.

Commenting on the new development, Mr Salmond said:

"This is great news for Inverurie and great news for local school pupils.

"Inverurie Academy has served its students and community well over the years, not forgetting the important role it had to play sheltering people during the recent floods.

 "However, the current academy has remained relatively unchanged since the 1980s and many of the buildings are nearing the end of their life.

 "The new Inverurie Academy will ensure that pupils have the best access to the latest facilities and provide an excellent learning environment for pupils of today and well into the future.”

 Local councillor, Bryan Stuart said:

 "This is a huge step forward for Inverurie and the Garioch. It is great that the new Academy will remain on the same site it has occupied for more than a century.

"As a former pupil from Dr Dixon's time, I am delighted that this will maintain a long tradition of good educational provision in the area, and continue to reinforce the vitality of the town centre."

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Funding-for-new-schools-21b9.aspx