Fears the lack of a functioning Assembly could further delay the Strule Campus development were expressed at a school prize-giving in recent days.
Theses delays to the shared education project are causing “uncertainty and extra work” for all the schools involved according to Omagh Academy Board of Governors chairman, Bill Reilly.
Speaking at the school’s recent prize night, Mr Reilly said, “Yet again I want to update you on the progress or lack of it in regard to the Strule Education Campus.
“Work is ongoing on the site and the Dept of Education still seem confident that they will be able to award a contract in 2019 which could result in a move for the 2023/24 academic year. This is by no means certain and the lack of a Minister of Education could delay developments, although the approval of funding from ‘the new start’ programme appears to be a positive development. School designs have largely been agreed and are most impressive. The shared facilities are exciting and include an indoor eight court sports hall to rival Queen’s University.
“I only wish it would happen because the delays are causing uncertainty and extra work, particularly for the principals of all the schools involved.”
Last month a spokesperson for the Department of Education said they would need to “carefully consider” the decision-making process in relation to Ministerial sign-off for the project.
“The Strule Main Works procurement competition, although suspended, remains live.
“The decision in relation to taking the construction programme forward is a significant one, given the scale of the works, the impact on timescales and value for money,” they added.