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Additional classrooms set for school


Lincoln Pius X High School is preparing to add 16 new classrooms thanks to strong community support. The school and its foundation recently received $5.5 million in donations that will enable construction of the new classroom wing to begin in the spring of 2018. The classrooms are expected to be ready when school commences in the fall of 2019.

Father Meysenburg, the school’s Chief Administrative Officer, said the additional classroom space has been a part of the school’s master facility plan for almost seven years. With the significant growth in student population in the last five years, the timing of this new addition is spot on. Father Meysenburg is edified by the generosity of Pius X supporters for this project.

“Basically, with several different capital campaigns going on in the diocese, it was not wise to have a full-fledged campaign for this project. Instead, we were able to promote the project with several local philanthropists, with alumni from around the country and with our guests at BOLT, our annual gala/dinner. On July 1, we were still $2.2 million short of our goal. Amazingly, by August 15th, we had made our goal.”

Pius X is truly blessed to have such wonderful support. The additional classrooms will allow for continued growth and the assurance that no student desiring to receive a Catholic education will be denied enrollment.

The new classroom addition will extend the northwest corner of the current building. Additional parking on the east side will replace the section of current parking where the new classrooms will be built. 

Enrollment has risen in recent years at Pius X, and that growth is expected to continue – a trend fueled by Lincoln’s expansion, interest in high quality Catholic education, and the affordability of Pius X tuition. As the state’s largest Catholic co-ed high school and the only Catholic high school serving the city of Lincoln, Pius X is prepared to address the growing demand by providing these 13 new classrooms, while continuing to offer tuition assistance for families.

“The Lincoln Catholic community has a history of supporting our school’s efforts to build up the Church by forming disciples in a rigorous academic setting,” adds Principal Tom Korta. “We focus on preparing our students to have the heart to love and serve others along with the mind to contribute well in whatever vocation lies before them. The number of classrooms and the types of classrooms being added reflect our desire to seek ways to provide a quality education to as many students as we can.”

Benefits of the Classroom Expansion

As the new classrooms are built, existing classroom spaces will be renovated and re-purposed. Adding new classrooms and updating the Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), Industrial Arts, Fine Arts and Consumer Science classrooms with contemporary learning spaces will help to inspire students for the next generation.

The additional classrooms will benefit teachers by allowing for a more continuous use of learning space and reducing the need to share classrooms with other teachers. In turn, this addition will allow for more teacher and student interaction, enhancing learning opportunities.

Classroom Enhancements

  1. CADD and Industrial Arts – Having the CADD lab and industrial arts shop/classroom near each other will provide a greater opportunity for students.  This will also make the present CADD computer lab more available for other classes.  
  2. Ensemble Classroom and Practice Area – An ensemble room allows for a dedicated space for small group instruction and rehearsal for band and vocal students. Musical groups will no longer need to seek out hallways or other makeshift spaces for rehearsal. 
  3. Family & Consumer Science – Replacement of the current location will include four kitchen work stations, modern appliances, necessary work space, improved lighting and ventilation, and adequate storage. The combined spaces will increase student engagement and hands-on learning.
  4. Art – Relocation of the Art area will create two additional classrooms in its current location and provide a modern, state-of-the-art, creative space with a designated room for the kiln, work area, and storage room.
  5. Conference Room/Classroom – A new 400 sq. ft. space will accommodate the needs of groups for conferences, staff meetings, small group projects, and study/class preparation, along with Bible studies and spiritual direction.
  6. Teacher Workroom – When displaced from classrooms, teachers lack a convenient, usable space to compose lesson plans, make copies, collaborate with colleagues, and execute other duties.  This workroom will help our teachers work more effectively and efficiently.
  7. Classrooms – The addition of six new classrooms (400-680 sq. ft.) and the renovation of three existing classrooms will address current over-sharing of spaces by teachers and allow for increases in student enrollment.

*This article was updated on April 17, 2018

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