After studies showed St. Mary’s school building was structurally sound, and with 18 months of planning, the school renovations began this past summer, 2019. When school let out last May, everything that wasn’t nailed down was removed and put into storage thanks to many dedicated volunteers and Willie Wessling, our Facility Director. Crews came in and did a lot of demo on the entire building. With everything torn up, it was the optimal time to address many projects that were long overdue and needed upgrading. These included a new state of the art heating and air conditioning system, new fire suppression sprinkler system, new LED lights, new ceilings, new electrical wiring and an upgraded infrastructure for internet access, building security, phone and bell system.
The school is now also monitored by fire and police 24/7. The old noisy window air conditioners and steam boiler are gone and the new heating and air system is seamless. It senses what the temperature is in each room and automatically adjusts
The school has a whole new look and feel with new commercial grade drop down ceiling tiles and bright LED lights throughout. The lighting is adjustable so teachers can do full light, half-light or bring the light all the way down. They can adjust the lighting for the way they are instructing.
Another benefit is to the school gym and our sports programs. Gone are the days of leaving the doors open because it gets too hot. The new heating and air conditioning system and LED lights have transformed the gym.
Home and School’s Fill-A-Need program raised almost $31,000 for the new internet based SIP phone and bell system.
Construction will begin on the church entryway this summer 2020.
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