Celebrating the Past…
Planning for the Future…
Several years before St. Francis Prep’s Sesquicentennial in 2008 (the 150th Anniversary of its founding in Brooklyn), the Franciscan Brothers, the Prep’s Trustees and other leaders began laying the groundwork to help insure a long, prosperous and productive future for the school. This was inspired in part by a successful re-accreditation process conducted by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (a process re-visited with success in 2010) during which our leaders were challenged to carefully examine the current state of the Prep’s physical facilities and endowment fund (among other things). This challenge was enthusiastically taken up by the trustees, administrators, faculty and staff, thereby initiating a period of self-examination and assessment.
The Prep then commissioned a national leader in educational facilities design and construction to conduct their own very thorough assessment of the current facilities and determine a course of action for the future. From this analysis emerged a "Capital Improvement Program” designed to transform the Prep into a truly modern, twenty-first century educational facility. The program includes an expansion of the physical plant that will help satisfy future academic programming requirements, while also upgrading the school’s infrastructure to support new and existing academic spaces.
In all, a comprehensive revitalization program was proposed, focusing on the next important phase of the Prep’s growth that called for:
Significant and much-needed upgrades, renovation and modernization of the existing physical plant infrastructure including:
- Architectural and structural improvements
- Heating and cooling system replacement
- Mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades
- Sanitary and sewer system redesign and modernization
- Roof repair and replacement
- Technology upgrades to meet ongoing educational needs
This Phase I of the school’s "master plan” was completed
in March 2010. The cost of borrowing for this phase (through a very low-interest line of credit) has been incorporated into the annual budget.
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