St. Anthony Facilities Update
November 17, 2020
Dear families and staff,
I am pleased to announce that tonight, the Holy Family Board of Education approved the transition of Our Lady of Guadalupe students to the Holy Family Kane Street campus effective in the 2021-2022 school year. This decision aligns with a recommendation made by the St. Anthony pastoral council, on behalf of the parish, to not build a new school on the St. Anthony property.
In addition to establishing a timeline, the board approved renovations proposed by IIW in our recent site study, which will include:
- Creating additional classroom spaces within the existing campus footprint
- Modifying restroom facilities and
- Updating interior finishings
Exterior campus renovations will also include a playground and possibly additional parking.
Families and staff are invited to join us for a virtual Q&A meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 23, to learn more about the transition.
We are excited to welcome Our Lady families, teachers and staff to their new home and to create an inclusive PK–12 multilingual campus with three distinct elementary, middle and high school levels.
With a relatively short timeline, there is much work to be done, and we will establish a representative planning committee of school families and staff members to help with this project.
May God guide us in this exciting process.
Holy Family Chief Administrator
Key factors for consideration:
- In 2011, Wold Architects and Engineers identified $2.6 million in existing facility deficiencies in the St. Anthony Steinmetz building and $2.5 million in the St. Anthony Stemm Center building.
- St. Anthony and Holy Family are faced with $400,000 in necessary repairs at the Steinmetz building, following a recent $300,000 investment in structural repairs of the gymnasium.
- Continuing to invest significant funds in short-term repairs of the current school building is not a fiscally viable option.
- A new building for St. Anthony–Our Lady of Guadalupe is estimated to cost $7 million, which would be paid for by St. Anthony parishioners and Holy Family Catholic Schools.
- Holy Family Catholic Schools is conducting a space study on its Kane Street campus, home of Wahlert Catholic High School and Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School to determine its capacity to serve Our Lady of Guadalupe PK–5 students.
The following video provides a visual overview of current facility conditions:
Estimated Decision Timeline:
- September–October 2020 – Community input will be gathered, and a space study will be conducted at the Holy Family campus. The community input survey will remain open through Friday, October 16, 2020.
- October –The St. Anthony Pastoral Council and Holy Family Board of Education will review survey data and the Holy Family space study.
- November – A decision will be announced regarding the next steps for St. Anthony Parish and Holy Family Catholic Schools.