Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Horizon has an expanded facility this year.
Because of a generous donation through the late Don Betz by his widow, Linda Betz, the school is in progress of finishing the cafeteria/auditorium.
The new space will be used in the 2012-13 school year once the occupancy permit is approved by the city. The school will also be installing Wi-Fi throughout the campus, as well.
Supt. Ken Block said, “One of the things that’s happening at Horizon is that we’re taking the next step with our technology and having Wi-Fi throughout the building. Maybe eventually, the way things are going, each student may even have their own iPad or some type of tablet to assist them in school. That’s down the road but that’s something that we are wanting to stay on top of our technology setting.”
Since I go to that school I can honestly say I am really excited about this new addition; that room has been unfinished for years. I have had a couple of tours in the new room and it looks great! With everything sheet-rocked and painted it looks like an actual room, versus a large gap of space where people just store everything.
Although the room isn’t entirely complete, it should be done soon.
“We’re still working on lighting; getting the access doors working; and the correct heating, air conditioning and the vents done,” Block said.
For such a large room it certainly must give loads of new space for all of the students.
“It opens a lot of doors for us. The space will be room for different programs, like recess, lunch and the play productions. In that area we will be able to sit more people than in Shepherd of the Valley’s Chapel that we are using,” he said.
The project probably would not have been done for a few more years if it weren’t for the Betz donation.
When asked about what gave her the idea to donate the money to Horizon Betz said, “My husband expressed interest about the idea before he became ill and our granddaughter goes to the school,” she said. “We’ve always liked to support Horizon and I thought this opportunity would be a great way to focus on his business and success while giving to the school.”
This work on Horizon will be the last project of the Don Betz Construction company; after being in business for around 35 years the company will be terminated.
The students and staff can now have a cafeteria/auditorium to work with thanks to the Betz family donation.
“I just feel so great to be able to give that in Don’s name,” Linda said.
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