Convent of the Sacred Heart launching $25.5 million capital campaign

Convent of the Sacred Heart is launching a $25.5 million capital campaign to expand, renovate and redesign its facilities, including the construction of a new athletic field house.

“This is truly an exciting time as we envision an even more wonderful campus for years to come,” Paula Tennyson, chairwoman of the school’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement.

The first phase of the “Framing our Future” campaign will seek $25.5 million in contributions to finance the construction of a new field house, an expanded and renovated student dining room, outdoor learning and social spaces, new roadways and parking.

Plans also include the addition of a dance studio, squash courts, fitness room and multi-purpose gymnasium.

“We have already raised more than $13 million in gifts and pledges from our generous donors,” Head of School Pamela Hayes said in a statement. “Our goal is to physically transform our campus by creating spaces that encourage the values of faith, character, community, courage, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and reflection.”

Two Sacred Heart fathers who are school trustees will serve as the “Framing Our Future” campaign co-chairmen.

“This is an extraordinary start, and we have plans and municipal approvals in place to begin construction in May 2014,” campaign Co-Chairman Neil Augustine said in a statement.

“This campaign will produce an exciting physical transformation of our campus, Doug Mellert, the other campaign co-chairman, said in a statement. “We will enhance an already vibrant and successful athletic program and create both new and expanded community spaces for our students.”

At the Jan. 13 Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a May start date so students will have completed facilities ready for the 2015-2016 school year.

The outreach to the entire CSH community has begun with a January 23 launch at which the exciting plans and architectural renderings will be unveiled.  The program will include a detailed presentation of the new facilities, a question and answer period, and a reception.

The alumnae community will celebrate the launch at a special liturgy in February in the school’s chapel. Overseeing alumnae giving are two alumnae who are Sacred Heart parents and trustees, Mandy Murphy ’85 and Lisa Fallon ’89.

“As an alumna and parent of two daughters attending Sacred Heart, I know first-hand how this school provides the ideal setting for young women to learn the skills, confidence and compassion they will need to excel in college and in the world,” Murphy, past president of the alumnae association, said in a statement.

“Our school is dedicated to providing an excellent education, offering the latest in technology and 21st-century learning,” Fallon said in a statement. “These new facilities will enhance the educational experience for current and future generations.”

Dolly Mayer and Cynthia van Eck are leading the parent campaign.

“We want to do what we can to support Sacred Heart,” Mayer said in a statement.

“It is an exceptional school and I have nothing but praise for our outstanding faculty,” van Eck said in a statement.

Paul Schott