South Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas, ) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland, covering the southern part of Ayrshire. It borders onto East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.
The administrative boundaries were formed in 1996, and it is a direct successor to the Kyle and Carrick district.
|School||School roll||Opened||Area Served||notes|
|Ayr Academy||715||1880||North Ayr||Scotland's oldest secondary school|
|Belmont Academy||1400||1960||South Ayr||6th Largest school in Scotland|
|Carrick Academy||846||1926||Maybole||Present buildings built in 1974|
|Girvan Academy||Girvan and (South) South Ayrshire|
|Kyle Academy||902||1979||East Ayr|
|Marr College||1233||1935||Troon and Loans||funded by money left by CK Marr|
|Queen Margaret Academy||662||1977||Roman Catholic pupils in South Ayrshire||Only Roman Catholic school in South Ayrshire|
|Prestwick Academy||1200||1902||Prestwick, North Ayr, Symington and Monkton|
|Scottish National Party||8|
Scottish National Party Councillors: Nan McFarlane (Group Leader), Stan Fisher, Tom Slider, Ian Douglas, Mike Peddie, John Allan, Mairi Low and Alec Oattes.
Labour Councillors: John McDowall (Group Leader) Phil Saxton, Helen Moonie, Ian Cavana, Eddie Bulik, Andy Campbell, Sandra Goldie
Independent Councillors: Brian Connolly, Elaine Little and Douglas Campbell
The Council elections in May 2003 resulted in a "hung" Council where both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party had 15 seats. Control of the Council was nominally given to the Labour party after a "cutting of the cards", though such an unstable arrangement had a detrimental effect on the decision-making process. In November 2005 the leader of the Labour group Andy Hill resigned, allowing the Conservatives to govern with a 15-14 majority until the 2007 election. Gibson MacDonald became Leader of the Council with Robin Reid as Deputy Leader.