Llanfynydd Primary School could close if just two pupils leave
TIME is running out for one Towy Valley school, which could close if just two pupils leave.
Llanfynydd Voluntary Aided Primary School could see its doors closed for good from September 2014 or even sooner if pupil numbers at the school fall below 10.
Currently, the school has just 11 children in attendance falling by five pupils since the Spring term.
At a Carmarthenshire Council executive board meeting this week, members voted in favour of a proposal to discontinue the school if pupils numbers continued to fall.
A formal consultation regarding the closure of the school has now begun.
Executive board member for education and children Keith Davies said: "This is a sad state of affairs. There are only 11 pupils in the school this term."
Mr Davies said Llanfynydd Primary School also has a deficit of £50,000.
"If the pupil numbers go down to 10 in the January term then the school will close in January."
Simon Davies from the county council's education department said the authority has been in consultation with the head teacher and chair of governors since the autumn of 2012, but would like the formal consultation to begin now.
"The school is educationally unviable," he said.
Council leader Kevin Madge said he supported the proposal.
He said: "Again on this occasion these schools are closing themselves. We cannot sustain a financial deficit of £50,000. We cannot sustain a school with 10 or 11 pupils."
Dafydd Williams, who has been head teacher at Llanfynydd Primary School for seven years, said: "I think it's very sad the way these small school seem to be going one after the other."
Mr Williams said the pupil numbers in the school have always been in the 20s but have never been this low.
"Numbers have been gradually going down, but then if a few families move into the village it can make a huge difference.
"It is very sad that the village is losing so many facilities and amenities," Mr Williams added.