A new chapter for Catholic school

Catholic schooling in Marshalltown has been passed down for generations. An event Monday ensured that future generations will also be able to be a part of that history.

Marshalltown Area Catholic School held a groundbreaking for its new $3 million addition and remodeling project at its St. Henry School site Monday.

MACS School Board President Paul Seberger called the event “a new chapter in a long and generous history.”

Speaking of generous, the project has already received more than $2 million in donations with fundraising continuing.

Several area Catholic school and church leaders were in attendance and donned helmets for the groundbreaking ceremony. Rev. Jim Miller of St. Mary’s Church said this project came about after some structural issues at St. Mary’s School. A decision was made to eventually close the school and move the upper grades to the St. Henry site, which meant taking on this building project.

“Thanks be to God – it’s going to happen,” Miller said.

With this lone site for the future, MACS will also have a new name. It has yet to be announced as the archbishop will determine that at a later date.

MACS Principal Matt Herrick said the building is just one of many improvements at the school for the future.

“We’re doing a lot of new things to revitalize the school,” Herrick said. “This is obviously the visual centerpiece.”

Many speakers on the day talked about how this single building site will help bring the school and Catholic community even closer.

“We are all in this together, building a better future,” said Rev. Don Czapla of St. Henry Church.

All current MACS students were in attendance on the lawn east of the St. Henry site, where the new addition will be located.

Seberger said there are many reasons to build this project, but “the first 182 reasons are on the grass right over there,” pointing to the students. Construction bids and a general contractor were expected to be approved at a meeting Monday night.

The addition building is expected to be completed by January 2014 with the remodeling of the current St. Henry site to be done by January 2015.