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 BK2020 Vision Capital Campaign focuses on these five major areas of need at Bishop Kelly:

  • Academic space which includes the new Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing, expansion of the library, and conversion of the current science classrooms in Freshman hall into traditional classrooms.
  • Growth of the Bishop Kelly Foundation Endowment to provide funding — for scholarships and operations — that will keep Bishop Kelly’s standards and quality at the highest level.
  • A cafeteria and kitchen that serves our students.
  • Strengthened programming and spaces for events, spiritual growth, and performing arts.
  • Updates and upgrades to our athletic infrastructure.

 

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 James R. Wilson Science and Technology Wing, and growth of the Bishop Kelly Foundation’s Endowment.  The new Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing will be home to 12 new state of the art teaching labs, which will house the Science, Computer Science, and Engineering departments.  These teaching labs are designed to be fully flexible space 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.

The Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing will also be home to Bishop Kelly’s new Senior Hall, which includes up to 250 lockers and an extra wide hallway to accommodate flexible seating for small group work, study or quiet time before and after school, and a space to gather socially.  This proposed new Student Commons will conveniently offer “grab and go” type food services to relieve pressure on the existing cafeteria.  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.

We currently have raised $5 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 are actively raising funds for this project, which will break ground on August 28th, 2017 so that construction can be completed in time for students to begin using the new facility for the 2018/2019 school year.  It will not be easy.  A successful campaign will require the dedication of our entire school community.

If you drive by campus today you will see that excavation and site preparation have begun with the removal of two portables that housed 4 individual classrooms.  We are excited to begin construction of the Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing and ask for your support and participation as we continue to serve our mission to develop the entire student in the Catholic tradition – spirit, mind, and body.

 

What’s Next for BK2020 Vision?

The priorities beyond the completion of the Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing begin with the renovation of the existing science classrooms in freshman hall.  This project will convert the seven large science classrooms into ten new standard classrooms, add a teacher workroom with meeting space and storage, and provide greater flexibility in design so that the classrooms are functional for all academic departments.

Next we will focus on expanding the popular Fraser Library to meet the needs expressed by our students for more quiet student and reading spaces.  This renovation will also help our professional library staff find ways to encourage reading and provide enhanced digital research opportunities for our students.  And finally, it will provide increased space for the expansion of our IT department, who are critical to the support of our students and our wireless 1:1 campus.

Beyond these immediate projects we will continue to work towards the expansion and upgrade of our kitchen and cafeteria to serve our growing student population; a remodel of “The Reg”, BK’s former gymnasium in the main building which needs some upgrading so that it can become a more functional event, performing arts, and spiritual space; and upgrades and improvements to our athletic infrastructure, including bathrooms and concessions around campus.

 

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!

Click here to read the complete Case Statement for BK2020 Vision.

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