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School campaign passes first hurdle

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools say supporters have pledged enough money for the first phase of construction of a new high school.

But, before earth is turned, the school system needs another $1 million in hand.

The first phase of work will cost $15 million, and includes demolition of the old building, the cost of land for the new school, and construction of the fine arts wing. The new wing includes an auditorium, which the school currently doesn't have.

School officials are optimistic that replacing the existing, 60-year old school buildings should have far-reaching benefits.

"It's a terribly exciting time for us. We're overjoyed, especially this time of the year, to be able to announce that we've reached that $15 million pledge goal," said Pat Sealey, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools Board of Education president.

The campaign still needs another $1.2 million in cash in hand before work can begin. Diocesan policy says a project can't begin before 100 percent of the money is pledged, and half of the money is in hand. 

Still, Sealey says the school is incredibly grateful to all the volunteers and donors. The new building is something, he says, that will have an impact across the neighborhood.

"It means a tremendous amount to the Catholic community," said Sealey. "I think it means a tremendous amount to the Christian community and, quite frankly, it means a tremendous amount to our whole community. This is something that benefits the entire community."

The project actually has two phases. The second phase will cost another $10 million, and includes the main classrooms and a gymnasium.

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