St. Pius X raising money for new school

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Updated: 2/15/2013 8:38 am Published: 2/14/2013 5:37 pm

A Tulsa private school and church still need more than $6 million to help build a brand new school.

St. Pius X Catholic school is in a neighborhood near 21st and Memorial.  400 students in Pre-K through 8th grades have been attending class in what were supposed to be temporary prefabs for over 50 years.

The school, which is growing, has plans to build a new, larger school at a cost of $7.5 million.  St. Pius leaders hope the community can help reach the goal.

"We want to call upon our alumni, call upon the Catholic community, any foundations willing to assist in education, because we believe not only are we creating some good students, but faith-filled leaders for the future," said Fr. Matt Gerlach, pastor of St. Pius X.

The principal says the prefabs were only supposed to last about ten years.  The students desperately need a school with modern amenities.

"We're constantly trying to fix things that are still not up to current date," said Principal Lisa Beardshear. "Our electrical, our plumbing.  We don't have enough electrical outlet to push the technology that we need for our students of the 21st century.

St. Pius hopes to break ground on the first phase of the new school this summer and finish it in the next five years.

To donate, go to the St. Pius X website.

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