Campaign begins to repair and replace Catholic school

St. Joseph Elementary School in Kelowna has begun a fundraising campaign to repair and replace its aging buildings.

“It was founded in 1939, and for about 10 years now, they’ve been considering a build or a reno or a move,” said Holly Routley, development co-ordinator for the St. Joseph project masterpiece campaign.

“Last year, we came up with a plan to raise $4.8 million to fund the offsite build.”

Plans include removing Mackenzie and St. Joseph’s halls, renovating Doyle Hall and building a two-storey addition containing 12 new classrooms.

There will also be new landscaping, along with a new playground and repaving.

The old, deteriorating buildings can be a deterrent for some parents, so the new building and the renovation will be a welcome change, said Routley.

“It’s ensuring the continuing of Catholic education,” said Routley. “We really want to reflect what’s happening inside. We have exceptional quality education.”

Read the full story at the Kelowna Daily Courier.