St. Paul girls school launches drive for $2.8 million and it's half done Science, computers, athletics are focus

September 07, 1996|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

Because of an editing error, the date of the capital campaign reception for St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville was stated incorrectly in yesterday's Sun. The reception is tonight.

The Sun regrets the errors.

St. Paul's School for Girls, in Brooklandville, is in the midst of a three-year $2.8 million capital campaign to expand its science and technology programs and build an athletic center with two gymnasiums and a fitness center.

Although the public phase of the Focus on Excellence campaign is being kicked off tonight with a gala reception at the school, the drive is already a year old. The "silent phase" netted 50 percent of the goal, said campaign chairman J. Richard Thomas Jr., with contributions from local foundations, board members and donors.


The campaign is the largest ever at the school, which has 329 students in grades five through 12. It focuses on three initiatives that are "absolutely essential to the school," said Thomas, and is a "very well-balanced campaign between academics and athletics."

The three projects are: expanding computer and networking capabilities, renovating the science wing into five state-of-the-art classrooms for middle and upper school students, and creating an athletic center out of an existing gymnasium.

The school will renovate the gymnasium and add a U-shaped structure around it that will include an auxiliary gym, fitness center, lockers, showers and lobby -- "none of which we now have," said headmistress Evelyn Flory.

"We are trying to play into what we know are the needs of young women," said Flory, citing particularly the athletic center and the science labs.

She said work on the projects will be performed "breathtakingly soon" with ground to be broken in the spring for the athletic center. The technology updates already are under way, and the science wing will be completed next summer. "We want to rush this into use," Flory added.

St. Paul's School for Girls' last capital campaign was a joint venture with its neighbor, all-boys St. Paul's School, to raise money for the Ward Center for the Arts in 1987. The last solo campaign was a small drive for classroom additions in the early 1980s, said Warwick Plant, the girls' school director of development.

Pub Date: 9/07/96

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