St. Francis addition set to go up

With each passing day, more activity is going on at St. Francis School, formerly Marshalltown Area Catholic School’s St. Henry site.

Principal Matt Herrick said the school addition and renovation project will see even more work being done in the coming weeks. Currently, crews are moving utilities and removing asbestos from the old building. In approximately a week, the hole for the foundation will begin to be dug out.

“I think once they start digging their hole, people are going to be excited about that,” Herrick said.

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.

The general contractor originally was Welker Construction of Marshalltown, but that company has recently merged with Garling Construction, of Belle Plaine.

Fundraising for the project is at $3 million, which Herrick is pleased about as they near their goal of $3.75 million.

“The feasibility study said we could only raise between $1.6 and $2.4 million,” Herrick said. “We beat the feasibility study, so that’s definitely worth celebrating.”

Herrick said tireless volunteer work and a mixture of both large and small donations helped them reach their goal. They even had one individual anonymous donation as large as $100,000.

Herrick said they will continue to seek funds for the project.

“It’s definitely a good hurdle to clear,” Herrick said. “Fundraising isn’t done, but it’s to the point where I feel more confident.”

As of July 1, the school is now moving forward with the St. Francis name as MACS is now in the past since eventually all of is grades will be at one site.