(Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 11:12 AM
Students and administrators at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School introduced students and parents to their new addition on Sunday, a building named the St. Charles Annex.
In spring 2011, construction on the St. Charles Annex begun. The building, located on the same land where the St. Charles Academy once stood, is home to four classrooms and student restrooms. It also has a “state of the art” library, which is equipped with a technology center. There are also additional rooms for fine arts for special needs students.
The building cost $2.2 million, with $1.7 million raised by donations. In addition to the cost of the building, the new classroom technology has been funded through H.C. Drew Foundation grant. Furnishings were provided by the 2012 ICCS PTO.
“It’s exciting to show people what is behind those red brick walls,” principal Dinah Bradford said after the dedication ceremony.
“It’s only through God’s grace that we have been able to grow this school.”
Bradford thanked the community for all the support the school has received.
“This is a wonderful school family and has been for many years,” Bradford said. “The consistent growth is very fulfilling as the leader of the school.”
She said she feels the new building blends in well with the existing building — built in 1950.
“The heritage is very important to us,” Bradford said.
There are currently 433 students from grades Pre-kindergarten to eighth grade enrolled at ICCS, along with 20 classroom teachers.