Speaking at the last Highland Council meeting this year, Tain councillor and Holyrood hopeful Jamie Stone urged the Council to seek an urgent meeting with the Minister for Infrastructure Keith Brown to find out why there has been no Scottish Government announcement about the funding needed to build a new Alness Academy.
Cllr Stone said: "The continuing failure to confirm the funding is a real worry for Alness - particularly in light of yesterday's news that the Scottish Government is changing and re-prioritising its capital expenditure.
"None of us want to see this important project fall off the end of the shelf. If that was to happen, then it would be a disaster for the community.
"The real key is for the Council to have access to the civil servants who advise the Scottish Government and who understand the complexities of capital funding. Without that, we will never really know what is going on here.
"For this reason it is absolutely essential that the Council seeks a face to face meeting at ministerial level. By definition a government minister is always accompanied by civil servants, those truly in the know. I therefore press the Chair of Education, Children and Adult Services Drew Miller to urgently seek such a meeting."
Responding to Mr Stone, Councillor Miller expressed his own concern at the delay and lack of information - and confirmed that he would now formally request a ministerial meeting in the New Year.