Excerpts from the Frequently Asked Questions segment for the capital campaign:
WHAT IS ST. MARY’S LONG-TERM VISION FOR OUR SCHOOL, CONSIDERING NEARBY PARISH SCHOOLS? St. Mary’s is in the heart of Old Towne Bellevue. The parish has been leading souls to Christ for almost 100 years. We believe that we are called to continue that tradition through our evangelization and being faithful followers of the Gospel message. Fr. Del has been here less than 2 years and is very proud of the school and its mission. He is committed wholeheartedly to ensuring the longevity of the school community for many years to come. Each school has a unique culture and climate. Our school does a wonderful job providing a Catholic education that nurtures students’ hearts and minds to become servant leaders in an ever changing world. We are especially proud of being able to meet the needs of such a diverse student population, including military dependents.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU PLANNING TO RENOVATE AT THE SCHOOL? The heating and cooling system of the entire building needs to be upgraded and integrated to a more uniform system. The environment in the school building affects the learning process for everyone involved. Teachers cannot teach properly if the room temperature is uncomfortable. Students cannot focus on learning if they are either freezing in the cold or sweating in the heat. If doors and windows need to be propped open to try and regulate the temperature it is not ideal. The lighting in the classrooms needs to be upgraded and made more efficient. The ceiling tiles throughout the building are in need of replacement to be more uniformly aesthetic. The restrooms are in desperate need of modernization. The restrooms will get a comprehensive look to ensure that any renovations to them will last into the next century. This will provide a more pleasant atmosphere to accommodate everyone’s basic needs.