GSSD letter to parents and staff confirms funding for PJ Gillen

FROM:- Good Spirit School Division

TO:- PJ Gillen School Parents, Staff and Community

April 2, 2015

We are pleased to provide an update regarding formal acknowledgement of the emergent funding from the provincial government towards project costs at PJ Gillen School. The Ministry of Education will be funding a portion of the upgrades and the Board of Education has authorized the use of reserves to pay for the remainder of the heating and ventilation system installation. Ideally, we would have liked to have the initially proposed $5 million all -inclusive upgrade but, after the health reports were received from the Sunrise Public Health Officer, the need was stressed for emergent funding to address immediate needs in terms of heating and ventilation throughout the school.

Our Facilities Department, since 2012, has been working diligently with numerous project proposals to the Ministry of Education that unfortunately were not deemed to previously meet the criteria for emergent funding. We are working with HDA Mechanical to complete the design as quickly as possible so we are able to go to tender and have construction complete in advance of the next heating season. Our office will be working with the Ministry to ensure timelines and project needs are adhered to.

A special thank you to community members for their time and effort in bringing this issue to the forefront. Your care and concern for students in the community of Esterhazy is to be commended. We also want to express our sincere appreciation to the staff of PJ Gillen in their concerted efforts to make the school environment as comfortable as possible in difficult circumstances. We applaud the efforts of parents, staff and students dedicated to making the school experience the best it can be in trying circumstances.

A synopsis of quick facts include:

• The entire project is quoted at $1.2 million.
– The Ministry of Education will cover $800,000 of the costs.
– The Good Spirit School Division, through unrestricted reserves, will contribute the remaining $400,000 to the project.

• Teresa Korol, Facilities Manager, met this past Tuesday with the architect and mechanical consultants to begin planning.
– Project scope includes installation of a new heating and ventilation (HVAC) system throughout the entire school. While many upgrades beyond this are required, the remainder will be addressed in a staged approach (this includes windows and classroom lighting as preventative maintenance and repair funding, time and budget allow).

• We anticipate it will take approximately two months to move through the design and tendering process for the HVAC phase.

We will continue to keep you informed through the tendering and construction process. We are excited to begin this necessary and long-awaited project.

Sincerely,
Dwayne Reeve
Director of Education

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