THE SIC’S educational and families committee has backed plans to shut the secondary department of Skerries School on the casting vote of chairwoman Vaila Wishart.
Votes were tied at 5-5 following almost two hours’ debate in Lerwick Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon. That came after one of the committee’s religious representatives, Radina McKay, said she would not be exercising her right to vote after being asked not to by councillors.
McKay had indicated she would have supported Gary Cleaver’s motion to maintain an S1-S2 secondary department if she had voted. Other members of the committee stressed it was not council policy to discourage the committee’s religious representatives from voting.