Construction continues at the new St. Mary's Central High School

BISMARCK, N.D. - Fifteen hundred people have donated a total of more than $40 million to Light of Christ Catholic schools. A big chunk of the check is going to a new St. Mary's Central High School campus in north Bismarck.

Back in November, only Saints drive was paved. Now foundations are down and 150 tons of steel are ready to go up.

Even through winter, construction crews aren't slowing down.

“We have to keep going. We just struggle through it and keep working through it, put the boilers in and keep heating the ground, and dig and pour and dig and pour. That's about all we can do,” said Raylan Juma, site superintendent.

The $36 million campus is still on schedule to be finished in fall of 2019.

“There's been great progress. Over 1,000 yards of cement, you'll see retaining walls, you'll see slabs, you'll see footings, and a lot of dirt that's been moved around. It's really exciting this week seeing the steel arrive,” said Gerald Vetter, Light of Christ Catholic Schools president.

Juma says there's still a long way to go.

“In a few months we should have some steel erected. We should also have some precast panel,” said Juma.

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