Marian High School is conducting a $12 million capital campaign to support endowment and facility upgrades at the all-girls, Catholic School. A professional campus assessment and input from constituent groups helped identify and prioritize Marian’s greatest needs. As a result, the campaign will provide support for endowment funds and a north addition to the building.
The endowment goals are twofold, providing for tuition assistance and supporting teachers’ salaries. Serving all girls and keeping tuition affordable has been central to the school’s mission for more than 60 years. As the cost of education has escalated, the number of students needing assistance has grown as well. Currently, nearly 50 percent of Marian students receive tuition assistance totaling $1.2 million, and these numbers grow each year. Keeping Marian affordable for all families requires a healthy endowment. The goal for tuition assistance is $4 million.
Teachers’ salaries comprise the largest expense in Marian’s overall budget. Marian is committed to hiring and retaining experienced teachers with Master’s level credentials. The goal of a separate endowment is to supplement teacher salaries so that Marian can be competitive in the marketplace. The endowment goal for a teacher fund is $2 million.
The north addition building project creates a prominent, single entry point that will serve as the front door to Marian High School. Features of the north addition project are:
A final component of the north addition project is refurbishing all classrooms and hallways to unify and update the floors, lighting and walls. The total for all projects within the north addition is $6 million.
With strong support for this campaign, we also hope to refurbish and reconfigure our cafeteria and kitchen. A renovated kitchen and serving line will allow Marian to provide healthier food options in a more efficient manner. The estimated cost for the kitchen and cafeteria remodel is $1.5 million.
Fundraising efforts began in November, and donors have pledged more than $4.4 million to date. Building improvements are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018.
Marian High School is one of 70 schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha committed to Awakening Greatness in its students.
Marian High School was founded by the Servants of Mary in 1955. Marian is a Catholic, all-girl college preparatory school twice recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. As Nebraska’s only Class A girls’ high school, Marian provides the opportunities of a large high school in a smaller setting. Marian welcomes students of all cultural, economic and spiritual backgrounds.