A FORMER schools boss has moved to defend his record.
Clr Jim Dodds was in charge of education at Kirklees Council until his Conservative party was ousted in January.
Labour and the Lib Dems removed the Tories because they were unhappy with their proposals to spend £200m of Government money on schools in Mirfield, Dewsbury, Batley and the Spen Valley.
The new coalition have just unveiled their plans – which include closing Castle Hall School in Mirfield.
Clr Dodds had also proposed shutting the school last year – but changed his mind after seeing the depth of opposition from parents to the closure.
He said a second proposal, which he announced in January, was better than the new Labour and Lib Dem plan.
Clr Dodds said: "There is a great difference between these new plans and our revised proposals which we made public in January following consultation with parents, teachers and governors. Our revised proposals took on board many of the issues flagged up in consultation."
Unlike the Labour/Lib Dem proposal, the Conservative plan from January proposed keeping Castle Hall open, providing single sex education in Batley and creating a new high school in Birkenshaw.
Clr Dodds said: "The Labour/Lib Dem proposal discards the Birkenshaw school, closes the Mirfield school, increases pupil numbers up to 1,500 in some schools and ignores the desire for single sex education in Batley.
"Our revised proposals demonstrated quite clearly that we had listened to concerns that were raised during the consultation which was the whole point of the exercise."
"We are now back to the drawing board and are once again faced with further consultation in some parts of Kirklees."
The Labour/Lib Dem coalition cabinet announced their proposals for schools in north Kirklees on March 4. Consultation on the plans will run from April 20 to June 5. Cabinet will make a final decision on the plan in July.
A separate proposal is expected later this year for schools in Huddersfield, Colne Valley, Holme Valley and Denby Dale.