St. Mary’s Springs plans expansion, renovation

Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs Academy recently shared the new building plans for the new PreK – 12 school on the campus of the current St. Mary’s Springs Academy (SMSA) High School.

The current high school, located on County K, will be extensively renovated and an addition will be added to the south, moving PreK through 8, out to the ledge.

“For more than 100 years, St. Mary’s Springs Academy has continually raised the bar for Catholic education in the greater Fond du Lac region. Our mission— providing an education system that transforms Christian leaders for the 21st Century—continues to drive the decision making of our system. As a result, it is time once again for our Catholic enriched institution to evolve,” stated Kevin Shaw, president of SMSA.

A multi-year study, including extensive discussions with local leaders, alumni and supporters, reinforced early-on assessment, that creating a PreK – grade 12 campus was imperative. The two major findings from discussions and evaluations include:

Current facilities range from 41-83 years old. Engineering audits concluded that renovation of elementary and middle school buildings would be neither efficient nor effective.

Increasing enrollment is currently posing capacity issues at our lower campuses. A complete campus not only allows SMSA to grow its student body, but also allows for seamless transition from PreK-12.

The Second Century Campaign Overview:

The Second Century Campaign will bring a complete Catholic PreK – grade 12 school to one campus with capacity for 900+ students. Some of the highlighted features of the new school include:

A chapel to seat 100+ students for worship.

Ample classrooms per grade to allow for system wide growth.

Cooperation with Wisconsin Department of Transportation as it renovates the intersection of County K and State 23, providing improved safety for transit to and around campus as well as improved drop off/pick up and parking.

Classrooms equipped with cutting edge technology upgrades.

Reconfigured athletic fields to include tennis courts, JV competition football field/track, and other practice fields.

“Our graduates have time and again, risen to the top and go on to serve as leaders not only in our local communities, but across the globe. Through the Second Century Campaign, families, alumni, community leaders, businesses and friends will have an opportunity to share in the excitement of transforming the history of the Catholic education tradition,” commented Sr. Judith Schmidt, former president of SMSA and current member of the Second Century Campaign Cabinet.

In an effort to complete the transformation of the educational system, the remodeling of the high school to make way for grades 6-12 and addition of the PreK – grade 5 space will happen in phases as to not disturb the academic cycle. Although much ground preparation has already begun, major remodel/construction is expected to begin in early 2015.

The Second Century Campaign goal is set at $21 million—of which $16 million has been secured. With the public phase of the campaign in full swing, now is the time to for alumni, friends and past/current families of SMSA to rally behind the new school.

Help SMSA ”Bring It Back Home”

As many Fond du Lac residents watched the historical tower on the ledge come down in fall of 2013, one family stepped forward to help re-build the iconic structure and honor a beloved family and community member. Joe and Dawn Colwin (1973 SMSA alumni), have graciously agreed to support the addition of a new tower fondly named the Dorothy Klumpyan Tower in honor of Dawn’s mother.

The Joe and Dawn Colwin family has graciously agreed to match gifts (now through Aug. 31) from alumni and friends of SMSA who too, are committed to honoring the past, and building the future of SMSA with the inclusion of the NEW tower. The goal is to bring back the school and tower, one brick at a time.

You can take part in the “Bring It Back Home” campaign by sponsoring a brick(s) at $50 each, which will appear on a virtual donor wall on the SMSA website throughout the campaign so the community can watch the wall of supporters grow. Gifts of $250 or more will be recognized on the permanent donor wall in the new building.

“It takes gift at every level to obtain our goal. We ask that you consider how you may play a role in transforming St. Mary’s Springs Academy,” commented Kelly Norton, director of advancement at SMSA. “How will you honor the legacy of 100+ years of tradition? The time is now and we graciously ask for your support.”

For more information or to make a donation to the SMSA Second Century Campaign, go to

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