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ARGYLL AND Bute MSP Michael Russell says the local council should not recruit a new chief executive – and use the saved money to retain axed school librarians.




This comes after calls from Scotland’s largest teaching union and a leading children’s author to retain the posts.

 Argyll and Bute Council’s budget, passed earlier this month, proposes saving £191,000 per year by cutting school librarians throughout the region.

 Mr Russell said: “Argyll & Bute council should put books and children before filling senior management posts.

 “It should create an Acting Chief Executive post, appointing one of the present senior management team, and then undertake a radical decentralisation of management and delivery, something that the council now claims to be committed to in any case.

 “That solution would be easy to implement, almost immediate in its effect given that the existing Chief Executive is leaving in May and would show that Dick Walsh’s administration had the correct priorities.

 “This is the right thing to do and it should be done now.”

 Full story in today's paper.

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