SAGINAW — When returning students walk through the doors of Nouvel Catholic Central High School, 2555 Wieneke Rd., in Saginaw, on the first day of the new school year, they will experience a brand new school building. The Catholic high school underwent a major $3.1 million renovation this summer that includes the introduction of state-of-the-art learning spaces and laboratories, the upgrading of existing classrooms and the removal of the school’s temporary annex building.
The first day back, September 6, will be a student orientation day, so that students can learn their way around the newly renovated school. Seniors will be the first group of students to return to the school building at 8 a.m., followed by juniors and sophomores at 9:30 a.m., and freshmen at noon.
A regular school schedule will be followed at All Saints Central Middle and High School, 217 S. Monroe St., in Bay City, where the school community is energized by the building enhancements that include a new heating and ventilation system, as well as new ceilings. The physical improvements are phase-one of a multi-phase renovation and expansion project that will provide students with a superior environment for learning and faith formation. The phase one investment at All Saints is $1.1 million.
Together, the two Catholic high schools are benefiting from a combined $4.1 million in infrastructure enhancements. The projects were made possible through a local donor-driven major gifts campaign to the Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan. The school projects were announced in May by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw.
The Legacy of Faith campaign began back in June of 2008 with a feasibility study to identify priority needs. Campaign co-chairs helped to secure funds for phase one of both school projects with teachers and school staff among the first to provide financial support. The projects were identified and fully funded through the generosity of local benefactors within the Bay and Saginaw communities.
Both projects employed area contractors and were designed with environmentally friendly building practices and materials. All major work will be complete when students return to school on Tuesday.
Bishop Cistone will host a formal rededication and blessing ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on September 18 at Nouvel, and at 1:00 p.m. on October 16 at All Saints Central. Both events will be open to school families, area leaders, members of the local community and media.
There are 266 students enrolled on the campus of All Saints Central and 341 students attending Nouvel Catholic Central.