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KCHS completes construction on new student wing

Knoxville Catholic High School has opened the doors to a new addition.

On Sunday Jan. 6, KCHS families, faculty and supporters celebrated completion of the new wing with a blessing ceremony performed by the Rev. Al Humbrecht, administrator for the Diocese of Knoxville. The expansion (including 10 classrooms, a guidance suite and additional parking) began in May 2007 and will allow KCHS to serve an additional 200 students.

The Rev. Chris Michelson, pas-tor of St. Albert the Great and KCHS Capital Campaign chair, announced the wing would be dedicated as Schaad Hall. “It is my great honor to offer this fitting tribute to a family that has done so much for our school and our Catholic community,” Michelson said.

Ann Schaad, joined by her family, attended the dedication ceremony and cut the ribbon to officially open the academic wing.

“I can hardly believe that it has been just over one year since we began raising money for our new classrooms,” KCHS principal Dickie Sompayrac, said. “Clearly our community recognized our crisis and responded immediately with their generous support.”

Since relocating from Mag-nolia Avenue to Fox Lonas Road in 2000, KCHS enrollment has grown more than 60 percent.

Enrollment for the 2007-2008 school year is 650 students, significantly exceeding the facility’s original 600-student capacity.

“For the first time in school history we were faced with a frightening prospect; turning away Catholic students,” Sompayrac said. “I would like to thank you all for your continued support as we work together to ensure a quality Catholic education for generations to come.”

The new academic wing is part of the $4 million “Living our Mission through Growth Campaign” that includes the endowment growth and additional athletic facilities. To date, KCHS has raised $3.8 million and plans to continue fund-raising efforts to reach the goal.


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