In conjunction with our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Bishop Kelly launched the second capital campaign effort in the school’s 55-year history in 2014: the BK2020 Vision Campaign. BK2020 Vision is designed to raise funds to meet the objectives outlined in our 5-year strategic plan, and to advance our mission to educate and develop the whole student in the Catholic tradition – Spirit, Mind and Body. The mission of our BK2020 Vision Campaign is twofold: to accommodate our continued strong enrollment growth, and to better serve the growing spiritual, academic, and co-curricular needs of our BK students.
The need to develop our facilities and programs due to the rising demand for a Bishop Kelly education is greater than ever. Our vision for Bishop Kelly by the year 2020 positions us to take the next steps in meeting the needs of our current and future students, and enables us to stay ahead of the ever-changing demands in the classroom, work force, community, and beyond. The first two of three phases are completed, and the current focus of BK2020 Vision Campaign at Bishop Kelly is on the third and final phase:
- Kitchen remodel and Cafeteria expansion
- Performing Arts – making the “Reg”a Performing Arts center
- Athletic Infrastructure – BK Softball Field, BK Soccer/Lacrosse Field, and Ysursa Field facilities
- Spiritual Space – creating an outdoor space
- Bishop Kelly Foundation Endowment Growth – ensuring we are able to keep tuition as low as possible for every family and provide financial assistance for those in need as enrollment grows
BK2020 Vision Today – Phase 3
You can help shape a positive future for our students at Bishop Kelly by joining our efforts. Currently the focus is on raising funds for the Phase 3 goals outlined below. The aerial view provides a detailed illustration of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 completed goals, and the planned Phase 3 goals.
Kitchen remodel: Update all equipment, the hood, roof, electrical, and physical layout to better serve our students, reduce wait times, improve efficiencies in food prep and quality, and improve traffic flow
Cafeteria expansion: Capture current area to the west and/or south to increase capacity to accommodate enrollment growth, accommodate a single lunch serving format due to our new modified block schedule, and improve traffic flow
Make the “Reg” and surrounding areas a Performing Arts Center: auditorium-style, flexible telescopic seating; sound/lighting/acoustics upgrades; dedicated performing arts rehearsal, classroom, and storage space; update and clean up “look and feel” of the “Reg”
- Softball Field: arsity dugouts with storage and changing team room; backstops for varsity and junior varsity fields; restrooms/concessions/ticket office
- Soccer/Lacrosse Field: lights; practice field expansion; bleachers; restrooms; team bench areas; storage
- Ysursa Field: restrooms/concessions/ticket office; visitors bleachers; relocate access road
Spiritual Spaces: BK Horticulture students designed an outdoor spiritual space located between the BK Greenhouse and the Harrison Tennis Complex to serve as a quiet, reflection space for students and faculty. The space includes trees, plants, hedge enclosure; walking path and seating to accommodate an outdoor classroom space; and Catholic imagery such as the Stations of the Cross.
In order to meet the above Phase 3 goals while growing our Bishop Kelly Foundation endowment, we will continue to execute a 3:1 split for all funds raised in Phase 3, with $.75 of every dollar going to the building projects and $.25 going to grow the endowment. Thus, to achieve these goals, the BK2020 Vision Campaign has a goal of raising $6.5 million. We developed an 18-24 month timeline that enables us to begin construction on the most urgent and feasible projects beginning Summer 2019 and continue through Fall 2020 – if funding is there. Please visit the below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more about BK2020 Phase 3 and how to participate.
What was accomplished through Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the BK2020 Vision Campaign?
Phase 1 COMPLETED (2014-2015) $3.4 Million
- East Classroom Wing
- Fraser Library expansion
- East Parking lot expansion
- LaMott Family Performance Training Center renovation
- BK Lacrosse Wall
- BK Foundation Endowment Growth
- Harrison Tennis Complex
- Court 1: Pat and Terr Day
- Court 2: The Sabala Family
- Court 3: The Carolyn McEntee Family
- Court 4: Jeff Hagler
- Court 5: The Harrison Family
- Court 6: Mary Chivers-Adcox
- Court 7: James and Christin Steele, Larry and Shirley Chetwood, Jim and Jan Steele
- Court 8: The Bill and Connie Glynn Family
Phase 2 COMPLETED (2016-2018) $7.2 Million
- BK Foundation Endowment Growth
- Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing
- (new) Senior Hall
- J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Student Commons
- Appleton Family Teaching Lab
- “Doc Nez” Teaching Lab
- Jeff Hagler and the BK Class of 1999 Teaching Lab
- Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation Teaching Lab
- Marie Curie Teaching Lab
- McAlvain Family Teaching Lab
- Michelle “Chellie” Richardson Van Lith ’78 In Honor of “JC” Jack Capper Teaching Lab
- Micron Technology Foundation Teaching Lab
- O’Gara Family Foundation Teaching Lab
- Rich and Georgiann Raimondi Family Teaching Lab
- E. L. Wiegand Computer Science Research Lab
- E. L. Wiegand Physics Research Lab
- Mike and Lori Mers Research Lab
- St. Luke’s Research Lab
- Ward and Cathy Parkinson Research Lab
- HP, Inc. Materials Lab
- Neil and Tyley Nelson Family Materials Lab
The East Classroom Wing was completed prior to the Fall 2015-16 School Year and is the new “home” for our Mathematics Department. Seven classrooms were built within the East Classroom wing and has played a critical role in accommodating our recent enrollment growth over the past 5 years. The new academic space includes our new BK Student Art Gallery where are our talented arts students are able to display their works. Finally, shared seating in the hallway is to encourage small group collaboration, and additional areas for our students to build community and camaraderie. We are blessed to have such tremendous support from our community.
The Fraser Library expansion was completed prior to the Fall 2015-16 School Year and is the “center” of the School. Tom and Joan Cooney generously donated one of the single largest gifts in the history of the school, and chose to name the library after Father Donald Fraser. The expansion project doubled the size of the library to accommodate a computer lab area and increased volume of books, added small quiet study spaces for individual or group work, and shared seating to enable academic and social collaboration. Fraser Library has quickly become a favorite location among our student body. Thank you, Tom and Joan Cooney, for your incredibly generous support of Bishop Kelly and our students!
The Harrison Tennis Complex was completed prior to the Fall 2015-16 School Year and is considered one of the premier outdoor tennis complex in the Treasure Valley. The Harrison Tennis Complex includes eight (8) named, championship courts and is the new home for our BK Tennis program. BK Tennis has a rich championship history accumulating 17 State Titles. Twenty-eight generous Bishop Kelly families came together to make this vision a reality. Thank you and Go BK!
The East Parking Lot expansion was completed in conjunction with the Harrison Tennis Complex. The expansion provides easy access to Allumbaugh Road and parking between the baseball complex and tennis complex. The parking lot is critical to accommodating the various after school activities and community events offered on-campus.
The LaMott Family Performance Training Center renovation was completed in 2015 and has been a “game-changer” in how we train our student-athletes for practice and competition. The premier training center also serves our facility needs for weight training and physical education, and includes indoor turf running lanes for agilities, plyometrics, functional movements, and anaerobic exercise. We are blessed to be able to offer first-class training facilities for current and future student-athletes, which is not possible without our incredibly generous community.
The BK Lacrosse Wall was completed in 2016 and is a critical training tool for our BK Boys and Girls Lacrosse programs to practice 365 days a year. One Bishop Kelly family chose to step up and generously fund the cost to construct the lacrosse wall with a gift to the BK2020 Vision Campaign. The BK Lacrosse Wall features a mural of the BK Crest and boys and girls lacrosse athletes in Kelly Gold and Black. Thank you for your investment in our school and lacrosse program. Go Knights!
The Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing was a focus area for Phase 2. The lead donor anonymously gave a $1 million gift and wished to name the new wing after the late Father “Reg” Wilson to honor the many accomplishments he achieved on behalf of Bishop Kelly. Father Wilson served as Bishop Kelly’s principal and spiritual director, served on the BK Board of Governance and BK Foundation Board, and was responsible for establishing the Bishop Kelly Foundation in 1976. Without his leadership, the school would have closed it’s doors in the mid 1970s. The new science and technology wing was ready in-time for the first day of the 2018-19 school year on August 20, 2018 and we welcomed 840 students – a record for Bishop Kelly! The new Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing includes:
- 12 state of the art teaching labs
- 5 independent research labs
- 5 materials labs
- new Student Commons including a mural done by BK Alumnus, Colin Pfeiffer ’04 – serving as a welcoming, shared space for students and faculty
- new Senior Hall with over 250 lockers
- Extra-wide hallway to accommodate flexible seating for small group work, study or quiet time before and after school, and to build community and camaraderie
The Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing is the new “home” for our Sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics), Computer Science, Engineering, and Robotics Departments. The teaching labs are designed to be fully flexible spaces with the ability to reconfigure each room for a faculty lecture, students’ lab experiments, independent learning to dive deeper into topics that interest students, and student led research projects. This standalone wing will also be available for widespread community use, particularly for STEM education, summer camps, adult education, and community meetings. Finally, the addition of the Father Wilson Science and Technology wing has not only strengthened our science and technology curriculum, but also ensures we are able to accommodate current and future families who wish to seek a Bishop Kelly education. Without this new wing, we would have had to “turn away” families who believe in Catholic Education. It was an incredible community effort to make this all happen.
From the onset, Bishop Kelly Foundation Endowment Growth was identified as an important component of the BK2020 Vision. Growing the Bishop Kelly Foundation endowment is critical to the long-term success of the school and students, and directly supports every current and future Bishop Kelly family. Each year, the Foundation “spins off” an unrestricted operating grant from its endowment, protecting the corpus so that this non-tuition revenue stream continues in perpetuity. This support enables us to keep tuition among the lowest in the northwest region, and ensures Bishop Kelly remains accessible for all who wish to seek a Catholic education. Almost $3 million has been raised for the endowment through the BK2020 Vision Campaign over the past 4 years. The endowment is currently $11 million, and the BK2020 Vision goal is to reach $12.5 million to commensurate with enrollment growth.
Below you will see current images of the recently completed, Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects of the BK2020 Vision Campaign.
We have raised almost $500,000 of the $6.5 million needed to fully fund Phase 3 (Kitchen/Cafeteria, Performing Arts, Athletic Infrastructure, Spiritual Spaces, Endowment Growth) to better serve the growing spiritual, academic, and co-curricular needs of current and future students. We have much to celebrate due to our incredibly generous community. However, we still have much work to do in the last phase to reach our remaining BK2020 Vision goals. A successful Phase 3 will require the dedication of our entire school community. We are available any time to schedule an appointment to discuss how you would like to participate in this effort at 208.947.1325.
Help us create an exciting future at Bishop Kelly!
Contact Tommy Steiner, Bishop Kelly’s Director of Development at (208) 947-1325 – email@example.com, or Rita Franklin, Executive Director of the Bishop Kelly Foundation at (208) 323-4789 – firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about BK2020 Vision and how you can partner with us. Thank you for your support and prayers!