BK2020 Vision Capital Campaign

The mission of our BK2020 Vision Campaign is twofold: to accommodate our continued strong enrollment growth, and to 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 growing community and allows us to stay ahead of the ever-changing demands in the classroom, work force, community, and beyond.  The current focus of BK2020 Vision Capital Campaign at Bishop Kelly is:

  • To fully fund the new Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing – home to the departments of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Computer Science, and Engineering
  • Growth of the Bishop Kelly Foundation Endowment – ensuring we are able to keep tuition as low as possible and provide financial assistance for those in need as enrollment grows

BK2020 Vision Today

You can help shape a positive future at Bishop Kelly by joining our efforts.  Currently we are focusing on raising funds for the Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing, and growth of the Bishop Kelly Foundation’s Endowment.  We are pleased to report that we received our Final Occupancy Permit from the City of Boise for the Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing on August 8, 2018. The new academic space was ready for the first day of the 2018-19 school year on August 20, 2018 and we welcomed 840 students – a record for Bishop Kelly! In a time when many construction projects in the valley are experiencing schedule delays and cost overruns, we were on schedule and under budget. It has been an incredible community effort to make this all happen – and the building looks fantastic and is getting rave reviews from faculty, students and our generous community. I can’t wait for you and our entire community to see it. Thank you for your support in making it all possible! The new Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing is home to 12 new state of the art teaching labs. These 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. On August 29th, we celebrated this incredible community effort with a Blessing/Dedication/Ribbon-Cutting ceremony led by Bishop Peter Christensen. This celebration was in conjunction with the annual Back-to-School BBQ. We had over 1,000 members of the BK Community in attendance – students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, investors, and friends. Thank you for being a part of the memorable day.

The Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing is “home” to Bishop Kelly’s new Senior Hall, which includes over 250 lockers and an extra wide hallway to accommodate flexible seating for small group work, study or quiet time before and after school, and commons area to gather socially. The commons includes a mural that was done by BK Alumnus, Colin Pfeiffer ’04, and will serve as a welcoming, shared space for our students, faculty, and community. The Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing will also be available for widespread community use, particularly for STEM education, summer camps, adult education, and community meetings. Below you will see current images of the newly designed Thometz Alumni Plaza, teaching labs, research labs, the machine shop, and breezeway area between the existing school and new wing.

We currently have raised $7.22 million of the $8 million needed to fully fund the Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing, and grow the Bishop Kelly Foundation Endowment to support an anticipated increase in our enrollment. We have much to celebrate due to our incredibly generous community. However, we still have much work to do to reach our goal.  A successful campaign will require the dedication of our entire school community. Tours of the wing are encouraged and we welcome you to schedule an appointment at 208.947.1325.

 

What’s Next for BK2020 Vision?

The priorities beyond the completion of the Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing will be determined and prioritized based on feedback from our BK Community, greatest needs of the School, community interest, cost, and timing. There are many potential projects included in the BK2020 Vision Campaign and will be addressed in phases. Below you will find a brief summary of what is still to come.

Potential “next phases” of the BK2020 Vision Campaign are expansion and upgrade of our kitchen and cafeteria to serve our growing student population; a remodel of “The Reg”, BK’s auxiliary gymnasium in the main building which needs some upgrading so that it can become a more functional event and performing arts space; renovations to St. Teresa’s Chapel to strengthen our spiritual spaces, and upgrades and improvements to our athletic infrastructure.

 

Help us create an exciting future at Bishop Kelly!

Contact Tommy Steiner, Bishop Kelly’s Director of Development at (208) 947-1325 – tsteiner@bk.org, or Rita Franklin, Executive Director of the Bishop Kelly Foundation at (208) 323-4789 – rfranklin@bk.org to learn more about BK2020 Vision and how you can partner with us.  Thank you for your support and prayers!