Borders in bid for Holyrood cash for new Kelso school

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COUNCILLORS are set to make a bid for Scottish Government funding to build a new Kelso High School, writes Bob Burgess.

The replacement 650-pupil school is likely to cost £14.8million and Scottish Borders Council hopes Holyrood will come up with £9.9 million.

Councillors would have to find the balance and also pay for land acquisition.

Kelso High School was founded in 1878 and has been on its present site on Bowmont Street since 1939.

The council’s education director Glenn Rodger is recommending that the council’s executive approves the bid when it meets on Tuesday.

The cash would come from Holyrood’s Scotland’s School of the Future Programme.

Scotland’s local authorities have until July 21 to make a claim on the third phase of money from the scheme.