New Boroughmuir High School opening delayed
Boroughmuir High School’s contractors, O’Hare & McGovern, have recently informed the Council that they are now unable to achieve the handover date of 16 June and are proposing a new date of 11 August.
While O’Hare & McGovern consider that the school could still be occupied for the start of the new school year, the Council consider that, given that is only six days later, on 17 August, it is in the school community’s best interests not to rush the completion by targeting a date so close to the new school year.
The health and safety of our pupils and staff is the Council’s highest priority and following a review of progress on site and the new works programme that has been put forward by the contractor the opening will be postponed to January 2018.
It is considered that by postponing the opening until after the Christmas holidays, sufficient time can be taken to get the new school ready and ensure a smooth transition from the old to new building. This also provides some time before the move for orientation visits to take place.
Councillor Cammy Day, Education Convener, said: “I am extremely frustrated that once again we have been badly let down by our contractors. This new delay will be deeply disappointing for staff, pupils and parents alike. While this is not a situation any of us would choose to be in we must ensure we put the children’s interests first and foremost. ”
Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Education Vice Convener, said: “The Council undertook an independent review of the contractors’ programme prior to the announcement of this most recent delay. In the circumstances I believe postponing the opening until January is the right thing to do. We will continue to monitor the works on site rigorously and ensure everyone with an interest in the school is kept up to date.”