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Jobs pledge over 'surplus' schools; REDUNDANCIES RULED OUT AS TEMPORARY GOVERNORS TAKE CHARGE OF STAFFING.

Byline: Nigel Hart, Education Reporter

PLANS to rebuild or remodel four Coventry primary schools are about to move another step closer.

Temporary governing bodies will be formed next month to appoint staff to run the schools, which are all affected by proposals for dealing with surplus places. Existing staff teams have been told there will be be no compulsory redundancies.

Under the plans, Wood End and Eburne Primary Schools are to close and amalgamate on the Deedmore Road site at Wood End.

St Benedict's and St Mary's RC Primary Schools are to close and amalgamate on the Leigh Street site in Hillfields.

Annie Osborn Prim- ary, in Wyken Croft, and Limbrick Wood Primary, in Bush Close, Tile Hill, will technically close and reopen at a reduced size.

No official date has been given for the changes, although it is understood that education chiefs are working towards September next year.

The main role of the temporary governing bodies - which will be formed at the beginning of December - will be to appoint staff.

Existing governing bodies will continue to be responsible for the schools until they close.

The temporary governing body for the amalgamated St Benedict's and St Mary's school will break up, if the proposed merger is not rubber-stamped by the School Organisation Committee on December 17.

Cllr George Duggins, cabinet member for education services in the city, vowed there would be no compulsory redundancies.

He said: "With the problems we are facing with regard to teacher numbers across the city, it would be a crazy situation to make anyone redundant.

"As a city council, we have always worked to avoid compulsory redundancies and as I said at public meetings earlier this year, there will be no compulsory redundancies as a result of these proposals."
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