Big changes are in store for the Pacelli Catholic School system by way of restructuring for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Work will begin in spring and continue over the summer, thanks to donors of the system’s capital campaign, to enable growth and efficiencies across the board.
The Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center will move from its current location at St. Joseph’s to the St. Stanislaus school building, allowing for tremendous expansion of the program. This site will continue to be the location of the 4K program, saving the school system potential transportation costs and providing convenience for parents in that wraparound care will now be provided on site.
Pacelli Catholic Elementary School will be housed at the St. Stephen school building in Stevens Point and the St. Bronislava school building in Plover, consolidating the number of elementary school sites to just two locations. The two buildings will each house grades K-4, with St. Bronislava continuing to offer their existing 3K, 4K, and childcare programs. Pacelli Catholic Middle School, currently home to grades 6-8, will welcome all system 5th graders in the fall, while Pacelli Catholic High School will continue serving grades 9-12.
In preparation for these moves, several construction projects will be taking place at both St. Stan’s and St. Steve’s beginning this spring, including bathroom renovations, classroom updates, playground updates, and work to ensure that the new childcare center location meets all state licensing requirements. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.
Along with this restructuring will come some minor changes to administration roles and duties, too. Ellen Lopas will continue to serve as the principal of Pacelli Catholic Middle School, assuming additional duties in managing professional growth, curriculum, accreditation, federal programs, the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, and some 4K responsibilities. Gregg Hansel will continue in his roles as director of education and principal of St. Steve’s. He will also assume the position of principal of St. Bron’s. Larry Theiss will continue serving as principal of Pacelli Catholic High School, assuming some duties to support marketing and retention, while Lesley Lingofelt-Svihel will remain director of the Pacelli Catholic Early Childhood Center.
Additionally, work is currently underway and will soon be completed on a new fitness center at Pacelli Catholic High School. This fitness center, funded by the Big Red Club, the high school’s athletic booster club, will help transform numerous programs within the system, like athletics, physical education, and wellness. The goal is to increase health and fitness for all students and families within Pacelli Catholic Schools.
For questions on the restructuring, please contact Gregg Hansel at 715.341.2445.