Education Secretary John Swinney is to wade into the Invergowrie row in his role as MSP for North Perthshire.
Mr Swinney will answer questions at a public meeting to be held in the village on February 7.
It comes as councillors on the authority’s education committee voted to open a public consultation on whether Invergowrie pupils would no longer be able to feed into Harris Academy from August next year.
Carse of Gowrie councillor Angus Forbes, who asked councillors to continue allowing Invergowrie pupils to feed into Harris, has welcomed Mr Swinney’s intervention.
He said: “It’s important that politicians from all levels of government and all parties work with the community to solve this matter, and who better than the education secretary to help?”
Mr Forbes said he was concerned that, if approved, the move would have a detrimental effect on the children of Invergowrie because they lived on “the wrong side of the map”.
Addressing last night’s education committee, he said: “I want to talk about a line on a map, that line runs right down the middle of the Invergowrie bypass, this line means something to us, we appreciate that boundaries need to be drawn, delineation between local authorities and wards.
“The people of Invergowrie don’t see it that way, Invergowrie feels like it’s part of Dundee, the residents work, shop and relax in Dundee. They spend money in your shops, they visit your cinemas and leisure facilities, they may pay their council tax to Perth and Kinross but they contribute to your economy.”
Among his main concerns are the potential for pupils to be split from their friends and left isolated, the potential environmental impact of bussing children up to 40 miles a day, and Scottish Government money allocated to the children being lost to Dundee City Council.
Consultation on the redrawing of Harris Academy’s catchment and the East End superschool will run from February 10 to March 27.
Meanwhile, residents of one of Dundee’s sprawling new developments took council chiefs to task over their handling of their “forgotten” village.
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Residents of Dundee’s Western Gateway turned out in force last night to lay into Dundee City Council’s lack of action in creating amenities for the development.
Council officers had sought approval of a proposal to carry on informally liaising with residents to ascertain if and when the gateway needs a school after plans for a tri-council school fell apart. However, locals laughed off suggestions this be done once a year – and called for more immediate action to be taken in an area they say has no infrastructure whatsoever.
A motion by Lochee councillor Michael Marra to defer officials’ recommendations in favour of a new report into the feasibility of the new school was passed by a single vote.
At present, the vast majority of children living in the Gateway attend schools in Angus or Perth and Kinross – or are tasked with a 10-mile round trip to Ardler Primary via bus.
Paul Clancy, Dundee’s children and family services boss, said he was taking the Western Gateway issue “very seriously”.
However, he said his hands were tied by a lack of budget – despite preparing to spend £60m on the East End superschool. Despite this, committee convener Stewart Hunter’s bid to press ahead with the annual review was defeated by 17 votes to 16.