Lancashire County Council has denied the planned closure of Skerton High School is linked to the authority’s drive to save £330m by 2018.
County hall bosses are hoping voluntary redundancies (VR) and the imminent sale of some of their buildings will help plug the loss of government grants and offset rising costs over the coming years.
But the council said its proposal to shut the secondary school was in no way connected, and based on academic standards, falling rolls and Ofsted inspections.
An internal email sent to workers by one of the council’s directors reads: “If you are interested in considering VR over the next four years can you please discuss this with your line manager on an informal basis at this stage.
“If you would like to express an interest in VR prior to March 31, 2014, please inform your manager with a view to submitting an application.”
Lancashire County Council said it had more than 50 assets, made up of land and property, in the Lancaster area, worth around £20m altogether.
The council has not disclosed which buildings, if any, may be sold off.
Lancashire County Council employs around 37,500 staff.