TEACHERS and councillors from Calderdale met a Government minister yesterday (Thurs) in a bid to secure the rebuilding of two high schools.
The delegation, including local MP Chris McCafferty, met schools minister Jim Knight MP in the hope that Calderdale could be pushed up from the back of the schools funding queue.
Councillors say that the rebuilding of Todmorden High School and Calder Valley High School is vital to the local economy but the projects are rated 53rd out of 70. under the Government’s Building Schools for the Future scheme.
Calderdale Council boss, Clr Stephen Baines, said the news that Calderdale was close to the back of the funding queue was disappointing.
He said: "Our bid under BSF would benefit a number of schools, right across Calderdale. But the real imperative is for the rebuilding of Todmorden High and Calder High Schools."
Clr Craig Whittaker, Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People's Service, said: "Anyone who has visited these schools and seen the buildings will agree that this needs to be done sooner, rather than later.
"We will be trying to find a way forward on how those two key projects can be funded more quickly.
"These buildings have long been identified as being in need of replacement and communities in the area have been consistently assured that their schools are a priority."Rebuilding these two schools would bring over £40million-worth of investment to the borough.