The radical austerity plan of the Lääneranna rural municipality in Western Estonia would only leave one school untouched - the Lihula High School. Both of the schools in the former Hanila Municipality, Virtsu and Kõmsi will be closed in September of 2022.
Metsaküla and Lõpe schools are also going to be closed, Koonga and Varbla will only have four grades in the future, a newspaper based in the city of Haapsalu Lääne Elu wrote.
The Mayor of the Lääneranna Municipality, Mikk Pikkmets, said that he supports closing the three primary schools - Metsküla, Lõpe, Virtsu, and Kõmsi.
Lääneranna's Rural Municipality Council will start to discuss the closing of the four schools next week but, probably, it won't get the approval of the commissioners in such a form.
"The position of the opposition is that there needs to be a primary school in all the areas there is a school at the moment," Head of the Lääneranna Council opposition, Rait Maruste said.
The Lääneranna Municipality was formed in 2017 when two municipalities of the Lääne County Lihula and Hanila and two municipalities of Pärnu County, Varbla and Koonga joined. The administrative center is in Lihula and 5300 people are living in the municipality.
Editor: Roberta Vaino