Light of Christ Catholic schools expansion update

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Light of Christ Catholic schools is getting a whole new look and it's an expensive one.

It's raising $46.5 million to complete several expansion and renovation projects.

Right here is where the new 36 million dollar Saint Mary's Central high school will be located.

So far the roadway to the building has been laid down, and a large piece of the retaining wall for the gym is up.

More changes are coming soon.

The current campus, built in 1951, is about four miles away from the new high school, located on North Washington and 57th avenue.

It is on schedule to be in completed as early as the Fall of 2019.

“If there is a need for bussing from south Bismarck, we've committed ourselves to that. So, whether we bus from this location to up north if students are needing it we'll do whatever we need to do to make sure our students get there comfortably and safely,” said Tim McCaffrey, campaign administrator.

While the current building is only 90,000 square feet - the new building will be 152,000.

McCaffrey says the Light of Christ community is most excited about the addition of a football stadium and an auditorium.

The elementary schools are getting a facelift, too, $6.1 million worth.

“This will do a lot to revitalize the educational product at our schools,” said McCaffrey.

Additions include four classrooms and two multipurpose rooms.

The current high school will turn into the Academy, for 6th through 8th grade students, and it is already undergoing renovations.

The school just topped the $39 million mark for fundraising.

To read more about the expansion project you can visit the campaign website at http://keepthepromise.net/