Transforming Our Buildings

October 21, 2013

Students, faculty and parents of the Partnership for Inner-City Education network schools returned in September to buildings that had high priority capital and life safety needs addressed and their public spaces transformed. This was the first phase of the Partnership's expected $9 million in capital investments over the next three to five years for our six PreK - 8th grade school buildings.

These capital investments are an important component of the Partnership's goal to develop high-performing Catholic schools that are strong operationally and financially. They ensure that the Partnership is able to offer its more than 2,100 students and their families safe, up-to-date and welcoming environments that encourage learning and that these schools are available to serve their communities for years to come.

The projects ranged from a roof replacement and exterior building restoration, new security systems and fire alarm upgrades to the redesign and renovation of school lobbies, administrative areas, and exterior entries. Not only have these improvements positively impacted school life, they have also signaled to our communities that change is underway.

We are particularly excited about the entry and courtyard restorations, as these spaces are now bright, functional and inviting. 

Immaculate Conception School

Immaculate Conception's entry has been transformed with the addition of light through large windows and modern fixtures, re-furnished surfaces and a fresh coat of brightly colored paint.

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart's courtyard welcomes its community with a colorful and interactive play area, displays of students work, and glass paned doors to enter the building.

A second grader shared his reaction to the changes: "The grass is new, the trees are new. Everything has changed! Even the doors!"

Our Lady Queen of Angels

Our Lady Queen of Angels' redesigned entry area allows students and their families to be greeted by the school receptionist and view a flat screen monitor that has regularly updated school information.

Please click on this link - http://flic.kr/s/aHsjKUZyuR to see a photo album of the projects that took place this summer. We look forward to updating you as additional upgrades are completed.

Thank you for your continued support of the Partnership network and the students it serves.


Jill Kafka
Executive Director

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