We continue fundraising efforts for our capital campaign to build a new school as we anticipate construction to begin in the summer of 2021.
The proposed site extends the existing campus of St. Francis Church and School to the West side of both Grant and Newcastle Streets and on to the East side of Bay Street.
Classes are to begin in the new structure in the fall of 2022. The new facility will offer a state-of-the-art computer lab, a science lab, technological advances and fine arts. Robotics, chess, art, music, reading, math and science will abound in the 30,000 square foot campus that includes an age-appropriate library.
The modern design, inspired by architects Felder and Associates, will enhance the education of all enrolled students. The new facility has an 11-level enrollment capacity of 300. Current enrollment at St. Francis Xavier has 174 students.
“A rich tradition of academic excellence, faith formation, athletic spirit, and extracurricular activities have always been at the heart of St. Francis Xavier Catholic School. Our students will now prosper within expanded classrooms in a new and modern facility,” according to Dr. Terry Mermann, Principal.
“The School could not have reached this important milestone without the engagement of the parish and school communities as well as that of the greater Golden Isles,” said Fr. Timothy McKeown, Pastor. “The already well-supported students attending our current Union Street building will soon be even better equipped and prepared for their continued education,” said McKeown.
Sufficient funds have been raised from St. Francis Xavier alumni, past and current parents, as well as generous support from both St. Francis Xavier and St William parishes, along with the embrace of the Golden Isles Community at large, for the Diocese to authorize the securing of contracts and permits for the new campus. At present, the all-in estimates for the structure are at $9.5M in a rapidly rising construction environment. Over half of the all-in project cost has been received in gifts and pledges. Fundraising will continue to secure additional support for construction and, if needed, to reduce the debt burden following the opening.
Annual tuition increases, such as announced in January 2021, for the 2021-2022 academic year can be expected to continue. Construction costs will not impact tuition going forward.