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St. Alphonsus School has been around for well over 150 years, but they are celebrating 60 years in their present school building. This exciting milestone is a great way to let everyone know of all the grand changes that have happened throughout those 60 years.
“It’s been a lot of hard work from everyone with getting technology grants and the PTO supporting other cost,” said Principal Lisa Huber. “A lot of people volunteered their time to help make these updates happen; without them, this wouldn’t have been possible. It’s so nice to see people giving back.”
Most of the improvements have been slowly made throughout the 60 years, but many continue to be made every two years. A technology grant is available for St. Alphonsus every two years that allows the school to have the best technology out there and also keep up with updating software. This grant makes it possible for the school to have a computer lab with 20 new computers and two new Nooks that can be checked out like books. This grant also brings SMART Boards into the classroom and new laptops for the teachers.
Other upgrades made have been the hall lockers being replaced, a new security system with new front and back doors, an intercom and walkie talkies for the teachers, a new playground, energy efficient windows, brand new bathrooms from top to bottom, air conditioning, a library remodel, landscaping, painting and much more! St. Alphonsus has even made the old chapel a classroom so they could expand. The Pre-K has moved into the school and a green house will be built within the year where the old Pre-K building was. Another project on the horizon is a walking path that the students will use on Wednesdays and Fridays when they go to Mass. The walking path will link the school and church together and will have the Stations of the Cross that the students can stop at along the way.
Upon first moving into the building, just 60 years ago, the class sizes were approximately 18-25 students per class. Now, they are about 12 per classroom. St. Alphonsus School is working towards higher enrollment so they can expand and serve even more students. If enrollment grows, a multipurpose building is in the plans for the future. “This school means a lot to me because it gives the kids a good foundation and keeps them on the right path,” Huber commented. St. Alphonsus teaches students from Pre-K – eighth grade, once completing their final year at St. Alphonsus the students have the option to go to many of the surrounding schools.
The St. Alphonsus Committee will be planning special events throughout the year to invite the community to the school to view all the new upgrades in person. More details on the events will be released as they happen.