For the Child and Family Resource Center, the operating costs for the new building will cost approximately $113,000 more than the current space. Both the ORCCA Board of Directors and Head Start Policy Council have approved these projections. Management has been working with staff to adjust for these expenses, and expect that through innovative cost saving measures possible in the new space that these additional costs will be readily incorporated into the budgets with minimal impact to services.
One of the benefits of shared space for the organization is the opportunity for creative cross collaboration, program innovation, and resource sharing. For example, Head Start parents will just have to go upstairs to access Essential Services, and Head Start staff can utilize conference rooms upstairs. Opportunities to buy supplies in larger quantities, choices about how we clean and heat the building, and shared equipment will all lead to cost savings for programs not possible previously.
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