MACS prepares for addition groundbreaking

Get the shovels out. Marshalltown Area Catholic School is planning a groundbreaking.

The school project to bring an facility addition to the St. Henry site will kickoff with an event at 2 p.m. April 29.

MACS Principal Matt Herrick said the groundbreaking is a sign of progress ahead for the school.

“It shows we are moving forward,” Herrick said. “We are about a month ahead of where we were planning to be as far as when the construction will start.”

Among the special guests for the event will be Monsignor Thomas R. Zinkula, Episcopal vicar for Cedar Rapids region.

Herrick said construction is expected to begin either right away or soon after the formal groundbreaking event. The new addition will bring all MACS students to one location and the current St. Mary’s building will be demolished.

With the new addition will come a new era for MACS in more ways than one. The school is also looking into changing its name since it will not have two locations. There are four new name choices and the current MACS name choice up for a decision by the archbishop. The new names include St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. Thomas Aquinas. It’s possible the decision will be made publicly at the event.

“The hope is to release the new name during the groundbreaking,” Herrick said. “We are starting a new vision.”

A contractor has yet to be selected for the project as construction bids are due Thursday.

The fundraising for the project has already netted more than $1.7 million with a goal to raise a total of $3.25 million. The $3.25 million would pay for the new addition, demolition of the St. Mary’s building and the renovation of the current St. Henry’s school.

“We feel it’s gone very well,” Herrick said of the fundraising. “I’m fairly confident of meeting that second goal of $3.25 million