Our Faith…Our Future Campaign
Never short of spirit, Parkersburg Catholic Schools are enjoying an era of renewed commitments to the principles of Catholic Education. These commitments of our staff, parents and students are reflected in a level of community support unparalleled in the history of PCS.
We are proud that, at the beginning of a new century, Parkersburg Catholic Schools are positioned to respond to the challenges presented by advances in science and technology through the light of faith and reason. We are confident that our students will emerge from their school years with an education that will provide an oppurtunity for them to excel in a highly competitive environment. We are comforted by the knowledge that through their Catholic education, our children graduate as whole-persons-strong of body, mind and spirit,
The Schools operate under the direction of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and whole certification from the West Virginia Catholic Schools Office, North Central Association and the State of West Virginia. Student enrollment reflects the local demographics with parents occupations drawing heavily from blue-collar and management positions in the chemical industry and the medical/legal fields. Ethnic make-up usually exceeds local statistics due to the school’s active participation in exchange programs.
In response to school leadership, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and the Parkersburg Catholic Board of Education recently approved a fundraising effort that will assist in carrying this spirit into the 21st Century. The goal is to raise a minimum of $3.5 million with a challenge goal of $5.2 million. Any additional funds raised will be used for the second phase, which is the Elementary School.
Budget concerns at Parkersburg Catholic schools are typical of most Catholic schools. Efforts are being made to keep tuition at a reasonable level within the framework of limited parish support and escalating cost. This has resulted in a yearly budget that includes only operational necessities. The Parkersburg Catholic Schools Foundation contributes to this budget, but a large portion of its resources are consumed by direct tuition assistance grants to families who cannot afford cost associated with the schools. Though consistent with Diocesan and school goals of making Catholic education available to all segments of the community, this philosophy severely limits major foundation contributions in other areas. For this reason, the majority of curriculum and physical plant improvements rely on funding from outside grants, corporate donations and capital campaigns.
The fund drive, in order of priority includes:
Fitness Center $392,000, The fitness center, which replaces an outdated “weight room” currently located in the basement, is under construction. The total cost of this project is $692,000. Through gifts and donations from many local families and business we were able to raise $300,000 to offset the cost. This fitness center will be used both institutionally and for extracurricular activities to help improve the health and well being of our students. Future additions will include locker rooms and an auxiliary gymnasium.
Science Classrooms $1,325,500, The new science labs will replace the outdated labs in the existing high school. One lab will be designed to accommodate a chemistry curriculum, while the second will support life sciences (biology and anatomy). Fostering an interest in science through hands on learning is critical to our students’ success. This addition will provide dedicated music and art instructional space.
Chapel and Administrative Space $1,738,000, The new chapel has been positioned to serve as the nexus for our school. The 240 seat chapel will serve as the spiritual center of mission to provide Catholic education in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The creation of the chapel also gives us the opportunity to redefine the entry and administrative areas of the school. Redefining the entry will improve security and create a community gathering area.
Renovations of Existing Structure/Code Compliance $1,743,940, As with any aging building, upgrades and renovations are a continuous process. Improvements are being made in the following areas: energy efficient lighting, HVAC, sprinkler system, fire service, an elevator and new flooring.