A Carmarthenshire primary school is being told it must stay open at the cost of up to £110,000 - despite not having a single pupil.
Capel Iwan school near Newcastle Emlyn said goodbye to its last 12 children in July.
But education officials say the school must be ready to open in the autumn - with a fully paid head teacher.
The assembly government says the local authority must go through the correct procedures before it can be shut.
Those processes includes a lengthy statutory consultation period with people in the area, before the issue can be fully discussed by Carmarthenshire council.
If there are any objections, then the whole matter must be passed to the assembly government's education minister to consider.
The whole process could take more than a year to complete.
In the meantime, it would be illegal for the school to shut - even though not a single pupil will be taught in the classrooms at Capel Iwan.
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