Long-serving Midlothian education chief retires

Midlothian’s retiring education boss has spoken of the “honour and pleasure” of working in the county.

Donald MacKay (61) stepped down as education and children’s services director on Tuesday after 16 years in charge.

He joined Midlothian District Council in July 1995 in the lead up to the new unitary authority system coming into effect the following year.

Prior to his move, he was an assistant director of education at Lothian Regional Council with responsibility for primary schools in East Lothian, Midlothian and parts of Edinburgh.

“When I arrived, for the first three months, I was the only one employed in the education division. For the first part, it was getting the budget sorted out and getting everything in place for the new body on April 1.”

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