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Plans for the Future

Thomas Edmonds

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As Father O’Brien heads out the door, students get a look at what might or might not be in the school’s future. At a press conference, Father O’Brien answered questions about plans for the School, allowing students an inside view of the changes to come.

Even though Father O’Brien is leaving to go help a different parish, he gave new vision for the future of Kelley. From current construction projects to plans made up only of ideas at this point, he discussed all planned projects to the Intro to Journalism class. He described the process by which the school starts and handles construction. Because of the size and services new facilities provide, most construction projects can cost millions of dollars to be completed. So most construction projects are based entirely upon donations, what money alumni choose to give to the school for certain purposes. Therefore it can seem like the school focuses on only a few departments to develop while the reality is that is the only department being provided donations.

Among the most thoroughly planned and most likely to happen renovations, is the renovation of the football field, starting on the outside with the track, and slowly progressing inward. The school has slowly replaced the staff buildings for coaches and trainers (for visiting and home teams), replaced the turf for the football field, renewed the track, and built a brand new scoreboard. All of these projects can be seen and appreciated by the whole school, but sometimes the changes are subtle and appreciated by very few: for instance, last year the musical department was given a brand new set of spotlights that were only used for a very few scenes in last years musicals. While that may seem like a wasted investment, those spotlights have incredible range of ability which drastically widens the ability of the tech department.

Whereas those are done or in the process of being completed, these projects are still in the “idea” phase. Of the most ambitious projects is the plan to destroy the PC (Providence Center).

“It’s still a discussion, but with the possibility of making it happen,” O’Brien said.

Hypothetically once the PC was destroyed the land would be used to make much needed parking lots, solving two problems with one stroke.

“A project like that is probably a 5,6,7 million dollar project,” O’Brien said.

So while the school may have plans and designs and blueprints they still face the daunting task of raising the funds for even small projects, leaving much of the decisions for construction up to the alumni and parents. Fundraising becomes such a big hurdle for the school that most of the decision making is based on where the most money has been donated to, regardless of where it’s needed.

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