ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As St. Louis Catholic begins a three-year capital campaign to raise funds for our new campus, we want to answer some commonly asked questions so that you’re aware of the progress so far and our plan of action for the time ahead. This is the first of a series of updates this semester.

WHEN WILL THE PROJECT START?

We’re taking the first steps this semester. Join us in this exciting effort! Here’s the timetable:

THIS SEMESTER

• September: “Spreading Roots, Growing Saints” Capital Campaign officially launches.
• November: Construction bids for the new school advertised to the general public.
• December: Bids awarded. SPRING 2024 SEMESTER
• January: Construction begins. SUMMER 2025
• July: Construction completed. FALL 2025 SEMESTER
• School year begins on new campus.

WHAT’S THE STATUS OF FEMA FUNDING?

FEMA has already reimbursed us for costs associated with the temporary campus. The current FEMA funding figure to rebuild is approximately $36 million, pending final FEMA review. There is not a specific approval date yet, but weekly calls involving key federal and state officials, diocesan leadership and consultants, and Congressional staff are ongoing—and the process is moving at a much faster rate now than previously. For that reason, we are excited to begin raising private donations for additional aspects of our new campus.

WHAT GETS BUILT FIRST ON THE NEW CAMPUS?

Our top priority is a new school building for students. While we await FEMA funds, we’re also fundraising for campus athletics—to offer immediate opportunities and benefits to students during the school construction process.

CAN I DONATE TO THE ACADEMIC PORTION OF THE NEW CAMPUS?

Absolutely!
Our vision and our students’ needs extend beyond what FEMA will provide for the new school.

The anticipated funding will not cover the total cost of the building, so there will be many ways to donate to the school.

Your contributions will allow us to provide additional innovative features and enhancements to make the school campus complete.

DOES THE DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES SUPPORT THIS?

Yes. The Diocese of Lake Charles has already been supporting our effort by paying the architectural fees for our current, post-hurricane temporary campus, covering the lease payments for the temporary campus buildings, paying for significant improvements to our temporary campus, and paying the architectural fees for our new campus.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CURRENT CAMPUS?

The focus for the future development of the current campus is to determine the best and most appropriate use that is beneficial to the neighborhood and the community, and consistent with our Catholic values.

 

Through the work of a special committee, a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the current campus has been advertised to the public , inviting actual proposals for the best use of the property.

SO HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT?

Here’s the timetable

  • In August 2020, Hurricane Laura destroyed our campus—and much of Southwest Louisiana. Realizing the crucial need to secure the future of the school, the Board of Pastors formed a committee to plan and oversee the establishment of a new campus.
  • In April 2021, we partnered with Champeaux Evans Hotard Architects to develop structural plans for the new campus.
  • In November 2022, a 47-acre tract of land on Corbina Road was purchased to serve as our new home.
  • In January 2023, we completed a feasibility study in the community, conducted by Petrus Development, to determine the optimum path forward.
  • In July 2023, we partnered with the Steier Group to lead our strategic fundraising initiative through the “Spreading Roots, Growing Saints” Capital Campaign.
WILL TUITION GO UP DRAMATICALLY?

The new campus will require additional costs in general upkeep and maintenance, but we will strike a balance between these improvements and maintaining affordability for our families. With the guidance of the Advisory Council and Finance Committee, we are committed to keeping costs at a reasonable rate for the area.

HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED?

We’ll continue to provide the public with ongoing updates on our achievements and activities throughout the Capital Campaign. Specifically, community members will receive e-newsletter updates and will be able to access campaign updates through our website, slchs.org.

Contact:
Rob Acord
Director of Advancement

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