EDUCATION chiefs say moving staff from County Hall in Ballymena to the former Ballee School site in the town is aimed at providing “long term efficiency savings”.
An Education Authority spokesperson told ‘Ballymena Daily’ on Friday it is expected that by the end of March around 240 staff will have relocated to Ballee.
The move means staff will be accommodated in a building the Education Authority owns rather than paying rent for office space.
The spokesperson said: “The Education Authority (EA) is currently in the process of relocating education support services from County Hall, Ballymena, to the former Ballee High School site in Ballymena.
“This has been undertaken in a phased approach and will be completed in March 2020.
“To date approximately 170 staff have relocated with a further 70 to move by March 2020. This has had no impact on staff numbers.
“The relocation has taken place to consolidate services on to one site and provide long term efficiency savings by vacating rented space in favour of a building that the EA owns.”