HJ/EDMarch 6, 2006

Construction underway on new Holy Trinity Elementary School

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

After several years of planning, Holy Trinity Catholic School is taking another step toward furthering Catholic education in Winsted and the surrounding communities.

The school has begun construction on the much-anticipated new elementary school, to be connected to the northwest end of the high school, by the band and choir room.

The project is expected to be completed this September.

“We want to make sure Catholic education is strong in our area,” Development Director Brenda Brown said.

The new elementary will give pre-kindergarteners through sixth graders a new home, along with Holy Trinity Childcare.

The school will have 12 classrooms, including a computer lab, art room, music room, and administrative space.

Construction on the project will be done by Vos Construction, and the architect is Dave Medin of Architects Plus in Faribault.

The school will also be connected to the high school, so students can continue to utilize common areas, like the gym.

There are a few growing pains in the process, as the children will have to deal with the tearing down of their playground to make way for the new school.

However, there are no immediate plans to tear down the existing elementary building.

The $2 million project has been in the works for about six years, and is finally becoming a reality through the sole generosity of parish members and benefactors.

So far, Holy Trinity has raised about $1.5 million for the new 20,600-square-foot elementary school.

“This is a shared vision, and the community has been very supportive,” Father Paul Wolf said.

The project was temporarily put on hold after a groundbreaking for the facility a year ago, because of an escalation in construction costs.

But Holy Trinity received the go-ahead from Bishop John Nienstedt of the Diocese of New Ulm in January.

Holy Trinity is one of only six co-educational kindergarten through 12th grade Catholic schools in the state.

This project will go forward as part of a larger vision.

“One of the mandates of the Catholic Church is to hand on the faith, and hand it on through education,” Wolf said.

This mission will be spurred along through the new school, and plans for future expansion. Such plans would include adding a gym to the new elementary school at a later time.

“This project is the fulfillment of the commitment of our parishioners to education,” Brown said.

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