As St. Pius X High School’s leaders were developing the 20/20 Strategic Plan back in 2014, they requested input from alumni, school families and members of the local community. The feedback encouraged them to maintain the school’s decades-long tradition of academic and spiritual excellence and to seek opportunities to expand and improve its athletic programs.
In late 2015 and early 2016, constituents were asked to participate in a feasibility study designed to gauge the interest and likely support for the renovation of the convent to provide additional classroom and extracurricular space as well as for the expansion and improvements to the athletic programs. They found wide support for the proposed campaign, willingness to donate to it and a majority recommendation that the high school launch such a campaign within 12 months.
After considered research and planning, school leaders presented the campaign proposal to Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. for review. They received his approval of the campaign in August.
This fall, St. Pius X will launch the Warrior Pride: Pride in our Past, Faith in our Future Capital Campaign. The campaign will support the continued renovation of the former convent on the campus. Thanks to a recent $1 million donation from alumnus Fred Ross, Jr., class of 1976, construction has begun on the building. When completed the building will have music and art classrooms, including broadcasting, art and vocal performance rooms on the ground level; the first floor will serve as the broadcast studio for Catholic Radio Network, as part of the partnership between the school and the radio network. The second floor will be a gathering space for banquets, celebrations and meetings. Future plans include a roof-top garden, in part because as Principal Joe Monachino Jr., said, “the view from the roof is outstanding.”
Plans for the expansion and improvements of the athletic programs include purchasing 45 acres of land about ½ mile from the high school, on which playing fields for baseball and softball, tennis courts, cross country trails and a soccer practice field will be laid out and installed. These will be in addition to the existing football stadium and basketball in the gymnasium.
The silent phase of the campaign begins this fall.
St. Pius X High School is celebrating its 60th year, and in an effort to continue its growth and security for the future, 50 percent of all funds raised over the goal will be deposited into the St. Pius X Endowment Fund.
To learn more about the campaign, the project or make a donation, please contact Melanie Martin, Development Director, (816) 453-3450, ext. 115