WORK on the new Ballymakenny College will not commence until next February or March, meaning students starting next September will spend the first year in alternative accommodation.
Those behind the project, the Louth Meath Education Training Board and Educate Together, confirmed to the Drogheda Independent that the new school building will not be ready to open in September 2014 as envisaged.
The project is currently going to tender and contracts should be signed by Christmas.
It is then hoped that workers will be on site by March and, with a 15- to 18-month build, it should be ready for use by September 2015.
'Our original plan was to start in the summer and plan for 2014 but it is rare such projects of this size can meet those deadlines,' Peter Kierans from the training board said.
It is expected that parents will be notified this week of the delay and subsequent change in plan, as well as the temporary location of the new school. Up to 90 first year students will have to be accommodated.
'What we can say is that there will be a temporary school set up and it will be high quality location,' he said.
It is believed that an upstairs area at the present Educate Together primary school in Aston Village will be the location.
The closing date for submitting completed enrolment forms is Friday, October 11, at 4pm and applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list on a first-come first-served basis if the earlier enrolment process is oversubscribed.
Parents and guardians will be offered a place in writing by Monday, November 4, and they will be asked to accept the place in writing by November 29.