On Wednesday, May 30, community leaders, faculty, alumni, and church and school members gathered excitedly to celebrate the groundbreaking of Our Lady of the Assumptions Catholic School’s largest expansion to its campus in the school’s history.

The groundbreaking began with remarks from Principal Lisa Cordell, followed by a blessing from Archbishop Wilton Gregory and remarks from Committee Co-Chair Liz Shaw and OLA Pastor, Fr. Jim Duffy.

“The expansion is an essential step in transforming OLA and our students’ experience. Projects in this campaign support nearly every aspect of our mission,” said Principal Lisa Cordell.

Construction will include relocating the school’s main entrance to a more central location within the new building which will serve as a focal point for the school. An atrium will shine with natural light and serve as a flexible activity space for a wide variety of school and OLA community events, including cultural presentations, student programs, arts exhibitions, receptions, and much more. New restrooms will be added for students and staff, and the addition of an elevator will improve access for those with mobility challenges.

The new building will also include a new lower school science lab, STREAM lab, and computer lab in addition to three Pre-K classrooms, a middle school wing, and two music rooms. This will allow for much needed additional classrooms in grades kindergarten through five in the existing building.

A new kitchen will be built to allow for onsite meal service for all grades and will also provide the flexibility to utilize catering services for a variety of school and parish events.

On the building’s exterior, the landscaping will be beautified, a rosary garden will be added, parking spaces reconfigured, and sidewalks connected.

“For decades to come, our school will serve the needs of our students by providing them with a twenty-first century learning environment that will allow them to excel in all aspects of academics while continuing our mission: to create a nurturing environment grounded in the Catholic faith, which provides for the spiritual and academic development of each child,” said Cordell. “The new structure and enhancements will enhance our students, benefit our community, and represent the committed values of OLA Catholic School. We are grateful for the generous support of our community, and look forward to together building the future of our school and community.”