Contractors will hear later this year which Scottish local authorities will benefit first from a £1.25 billion schools funding boost.
Scotland’s education secretary Fiona Hyslop last week announced £800 million of government funding for local authorities towards the construction of new primary and secondary schools from 2010.
This will be supplemented by funding from local authorities and should see 35,000 young people benefit from new schools.
An announcement will be made later this year about which authorities will benefit from the initial tranches of funding. The rest will not hear until 2011.
The Scottish Government will determine which authorities will benefit from the funding first in conjunction with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. They will be looking to prioritise which authorities most need work to their schools estate.
Funding will come on stream from April 2010 for primary schools and the following April for secondaries. All primary schools will be built by spring 2015, with all secondaries completed by spring 2018.
Ms Hyslop said: “With our local government partners we are addressing the legacy of underinvestment during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, when schools were being replaced at an unsustainably low rate.
“This new investment will make the cost of replacing secondary schools much more manageable for local authorities.
“Work on the first buildings will start in 2010, significantly boosting economic activity up and down the country and generating or maintaining several thousand construction jobs.”