06/04/2013 - Utica
“Good News!” For Notre Dame: $4 million Dollar Grant Launches Capital Campaign, Building Projects
New Local Board Positions School as a Regional Leader in Education
UTICA – Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School unveiled changes and plans designed to propel the school into the future as an educational leader. The announcements were made at a news conference June 4 at the school before dignitaries, friends of the school and the media.
Leaders of Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School announced that they are launching a $10 million dollar capital campaign. It will fund the construction of a new Notre Dame Elementary School on the campus of Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School to replace the aging building across from Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The campaign will also fund the creation of an auditorium/multipurpose building at the Burrstone Road site. Part of the $10 million will also be earmarked for an endowment that will provide student scholarships.
To kick-start the campaign, the Good News Foundation, of Utica, has pledged a $4 million grant. The grant will be distributed to the school over the next few years as a match to other gifts received by the campaign. The Good News Foundation is a Christian, non-profit organization whose mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ through hospitality, spiritual renewal and the support of parish and family life.
“We are deeply grateful for the thoughtful consideration that the Good News Foundation put into our plans in order to make this significant gift. This kind of meaningful support will give our campaign the momentum required to be truly successful. With the Good News Foundation as our partner, we can ensure that an educational choice based on Catholic values is available in our area long into the future.” said Sister Anna Mae Collins, principal.
Additionally, the school has assumed a new autonomous operating structure requiring new by-laws which place management and leadership at the local level. Even the Burrstone Road property which is owned by the Diocese of Syracuse, will now be under local control. At the news conference, Bishop Robert Cunningham signed an agreement leasing the Burrstone Road property to the school for $1 per year for 99 years.
“This is a new way of doing business for Catholic schools — one where we can truly become masters of our own destiny. With this kind of local management and the support of friends like the Good News Foundation, we are poised for a successful capital campaign and building project. In the end, this benefits students and our community,” said newly appointed Board President Jim Joseph. Joseph is the executive in residence at LeMoyne College’s Madden School of Business and the former CEO of Oneida Ltd.
Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School is one of four diocesan schools in the Eastern Region. The others are Rome Catholic School, St. Patrick’s School in Oneida and Notre Dame Elementary School. In the new diocesan decentralization, Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School will be become the keystone for the region.