June 5, 2017 – For Immediate ReleaseHumboldt, SK
– During a special meeting held on May 29, 2017, Horizon School Division's Board of Education provided support to reengage with the planning for the design, development and construction of a central office facility in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, pending approval from the Ministry of Education. In April, 2015, the Horizon Board passed a motion to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for this project; however, this work was placed on hold due to the Education Governance Review conducted by the Government of Saskatchewan. With this review completed, approval to move forward with the building project was granted by the Ministry on June 2, 2017. As such, Horizon's Board is concluding the final phase of a multi-year project that will see central services consolidated from three geographically dispersed centers to a single centralized location. This decision will allow Horizon to reduce costs while increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of central office services. Cost savings annually realized by this project will be invested back into Horizon classrooms to directly support student learning needs.
Initial plans to consolidate Horizon's central office services date back to 2011. Having identified Humboldt, Saskatchewan as the preferred location for a central service facility, initial phases of the project resulted in the relocation of the majority of central office staff to a leased office space in the Olymel building in the spring of 2014. With the lease arrangement concluding in early 2019, Horizon has finalized their decision to move forward with the construction of a consolidated building. The final phase of the project will be scheduled for completion in late 2018, and prior to the expiry of the lease with Olymel. Efficiencies and cost savings will continue to be found at every stage of the project.
"We will realize a number of efficiencies by owning our facility and consolidating our central office staff into a single building," said Horizon Board Chair, Jim Hack. "This project has been a long time coming and we are happy to see it move forward."
"We are able to save money and more efficiently provide services and supports to our schools," said Kevin C. Garinger, Horizon's Director of Education. "Prior to the Education Governance Review, our Facility Services team had done a great deal of preliminary work in planning for this project. Now that the review is concluded and Horizon School Division will be in existence well into the foreseeable future, we are in a great position to move forward with the RFP process. This is a positive decision for all stakeholders in Horizon School Division."
Horizon's Board owns four acres of land along Highway 5 in east Humboldt, and this will be the site of the central office facility for the Division. Capital expenditures for the project will not exceed $5.5 million and will be funded through internal reserves.
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