St. Teresa High School Capital Campaign “Believe – Build – Become”
St. Teresa High School is embarking upon only the third capital campaign in the school’s 81 year history and it will enhance and expand upon previous capital investments. The campaign, “Believe-Build-Become”, will support work that will be implemented in phases when finances cover the costs of that portion of the project. As a start to reaching the $4.8M goal, a pre-public (quiet) campaign was initiated by the capital campaign committee earlier this year and the campaign will be publicly announced at Homecoming on October 7. Of note, this effort will not impact upon funds used for school operations as St. Teresa continues to function within the constraints of a balanced budget, which is $2.4M for FY 2011-2012.
With the strong support of the Diocese of Springfield, the St. Teresa Education Foundation, the St. Teresa School Board, the St. Teresa Booster Club, the Millikin Trust and generous major and leadership donors, the success of the quiet campaign allowed us to begin and complete phase one of the work this past summer. It consisted of:
– installing a new roof on the main building, replacing the one originally laid in 1930;
– tuck-pointing the main building and gym, built in 1955;
– expanding upgraded electrical access to the main building and gym;
– installing new poles and lights on the football and softball fields;
– installing new lights in the gym and parking lot.
Our architect BLDD estimated this work would cost $1,284,295.00 but through concerted management, it was completed at a cost of $971,369.93, a significant $312,925.07 savings.
After the announcement of the campaign publicly on October 7, we will focus on raising further funds for the second phase of the work. It will consist of:
– construction of a physical education annex north of the gym;
– installation of new HVAC throughout the campus;
– construction and renovation of restrooms outside and inside the gym;
– construction of a new parking lot near the south building of the campus.
Our architect’s estimate for this portion of the work is approximately $3,866,700.00. It will rectify long time needs; for example, the aging HV undoubtedly needs upgrading and the main building and gym have never had central air conditioning. Further, the present locker rooms and weight rooms in the basement of the gym have deteriorated since being built in 1955. The new annex is a solution to these concerns and contains a large weight room exercise area, men and women’s locker rooms and showers, a dedicated athletic treatment room, team meeting areas, offices for coaches, and storage/all-purpose areas
We ask for everyone’s generous support in accomplishing these campaign objectives which will continue to ensure that St. Teresa High School is positioned to provide present and future students with the high quality academic, athletic, spiritual and cultural experience for which the school is so well known. For further discussion or questions, please contact Mr. Ken Hendriksen, Principal/CEO or Mr. Richard Smith (St. T. ’65), Campaign Coordinator, at 217-875-2431.