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Task Force update - November, 2015

T he Task Force presented a recommendation that we install a new heating, venting, air conditioning system (hvac) for the school, upgrade the school electric service and replace the school window. FYI: the heating system is in floor hot water from 1967 and the cooling system consists of window air conditioners which are almost 25 yrs old.

Members of the Board of Total Catholic Education, Finance Council and Parish Council reached consensus that we should bring this project to parishioners for further discussion at a Parish Assembly when more details are available.

 

 

Task Force update - July, 2009

In January, 2006 members of the Board of Total Catholic Education, and the Finance & Parish Councils participated in our first All Councils Meeting at St. Edward’s.  At this meeting we formally initiated a planning process to look to and plan for the future of St. Edward Parish and School.   The most recent part of our planning has been the formation of a Task Force whose job was to develop a Master Plan for our physical plant.

The Master Plan provides direction for the renovation of our present buildings and future additions.  Three principles guided this Plan:  
1) safety for our students;

2) space efficiency by using and renovating the space we already have and then adding the space we need;

3) energy and mechanical efficiency (e.g. installing one new hvac for the entire complex).

Our Plan provides us with many benefits and new possibilities. While the plan outlines physical space “bricks & mortar” it is important to keep in mind that the plan is about people.  This Plan will be the instrument which provides parishioners, students, faculty, staff, and our community, with a place to worship, educate, evangelize, socialize & recreate.

It is believed that our Master Plan may be accomplished in six to ten phases over the next 20+ years.  As you can see this Plan is long term.  The Task Force recognizes that decisions made today impact future decisions and needs.  In other words:  We need to know today what the needs of tomorrow are so that we can plan for them and “do it right the first time.”

I am very grateful to the members of the Task Force for their participation and support in this planning process:  Patti Aldridge, Rick Boland, Terry Box, Dan Furnish, Michele Gaunce, Mary Grable, Rachel Perraut, Dan Westhoff, Dan Wright.  

We believe our Plan is a great first step!  There are many, many more steps to go.  Thanks for your support and prayers for this project!

 

Task Force update - May, 2009

In January, 2006 members of the Board of Total Catholic Education, and the Finance & Parish Councils participated in our first All Councils Meeting at St. Edward’s.  This meeting formally initiated a planning process to look to and plan for the future of St. Edward Parish and School.   A series of Open Parish Meetings and parish surveys were conducted over the next two years to solicit input from parishioners concerning worship, facilities/space, school and parish programs/sentiments. 

A series of parish goals were developed from this information.  Some of these goals included the establishment of a preschool program, combining the parish and school office in the school building, and developing a Master Plan which would provide information and direction concerning the maintenance, renovation and updating of our present buildings and possible additions to our campus.

A number of ideas/projects were also identified such as a multipurpose hall, daycare center, office space, additional classrooms to facilitate the elimination of the mobile classroom unit, playgrounds, walk-in freezer, tutoring rooms, enhanced security features, and new restrooms for school and church and a separate facility appropriately sized for the students in our preschool program.

In order to accomplish these ideas/projects it became clear that additional property was needed.  A decision to remain at our present location and purchase adjacent property was made.  Over the past two years parishioners have invested more than $340,000 to provide additional space by purchasing four adjacent properties. 

Over the past eight months a Task Force has been developing a Master Plan (with the assistance of an architect) which addresses our list of ideas/projects.  Three principles have guided this effort:  1) safety for our students;  2) space efficiency by using the space we already have and then adding the space we need;  3) energy and mechanical efficiency (e.g. installing one new hvac for the entire complex).

This Master Plan will provide St. Edward’s with many benefits and new possibilities. While the plan outlines physical space “bricks & mortar” it is important to keep in mind that the plan is really about people.  This plan will be the instrument which provides parishioners, students, faculty, staff, and our community with a place to worship, educate, evangelize, socialize and recreate as we plan for the future of St. Edward’s.

At this time it is believed that our Master Plan may be accomplished in six to ten phases over the next 20+ years.  As you can see this plan is long term.  The Task Force recognizes that decisions made today will impact future decisions and needs.  In other words:  We need to know today what the needs of tomorrow are so that we can plan for them and “do it right the first time.”

Perhaps an example may help illustrate this point.  One of our parish goals is to develop playgrounds for preschool and school.  As a result, the Master Plan must answer the question Where should the playgrounds be located?   

This is important especially since last month Governor Beshear announced that St. Edward’s was awarded $31,395 from the Commonwealth’s Waste Tire Trust Fund.  This grant provides the resources to install rubber mulch in our present preschool playground and a newly developed school playground.  The location of the playgrounds is an important part of the Master Plan so that we will not need to use additional resources to relocate them at a future date.

As you read this memo an area is being prepared to provide for a 9,000 square feet playground on the N. Main & E. Mill property.   The preschool playground will remain in its present location.   A fence will be erected to enclose the school playground.  The amount of funds available will determine how much playground equipment can be installed at this time.  The installation of the rubber mulch will provide a safe surface for our students’ activity and play.  This is the first phase of this project. 

If you have any contacts or know someone who may be in a position to further develop the playgrounds please contact me asap so that these plans may be incorporated into the timing of this project.  It is hoped that this phase will be completed by the time school begins in August.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.  I hope it communicates where our planning efforts began and where they are today.  If you have questions, concerns or ideas that you would like to share please contact me at 234.5444 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I am very grateful for your participation and support of this planning effort.  It takes all of us working and praying together to accomplish great things!

May God bless you and your family!


Task Force update - January, 2009

school planning report – Mr. Michael Clines, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Covington, met with teachers and staff members prior to the Task Force meeting.  This discussion produced three general needs from the teachers and staff when considering the future needs of the school:
1) building services & utilities:  heating, air conditioning, lighting
2) security & safety:  all classrooms under one roof, single entry, cameras
3) specials:  art / science room,  library, computer, tutoring rooms, playground

 

Task Force update - November, 2008

The Task Force presented two proposals at the August All Councils meeting.  All Councils includes members of the Board of Total Catholic Education, the Finance & Parish Councils.

1) to accept the project list that was presented to parishioners at the Q & A Forum in June.   This project list would provide the direction for developing a Master Plan for our church and school.  This proposal was accepted by the All Councils members.

2) to accept a bid from Fitzsimons Office of Architecture Inc to develop our Master Plan.  The fees for this service are $5,000.  This proposal was accepted by the All Council members.  As a result, permission to hire this firm and to consolidate all our property plots into a single plot was sent to Bishop Foys.  Dale Henson, the Finance Director for the Diocese of Covington, visited our parish in early October to follow up on these requests.  Both of these requests have been approved.

On November 10 Task Force members Patti Aldridge, Rick Boland, Terry Box, Michele Gaunce, Mary Grable, Dan Furnish, Rachel Perraut, Dan Westhoff and Dan Wright met with Michael Clines, assistant superintendent of Catholic Schools, Greg Fitzsimons, architect, and Fr. Lauer to begin the planning process.  The purpose of the Task Force is to work with the pastor and architect to provide input in developing a Master Plan. 

The Master Plan process begins by documenting our present buildings.  It includes reviewing blue prints, inspection of roofs, electrical, plumbing, and heating/venting/air conditioning systems, lighting, windows and the physical condition of each building. 

This review will document which systems and features need to be replaced because of their condition/age or because the way it functions.  It will also provide estimated costs for their replacement.  The review will look for unmet space needs and the proper use of our newly acquired properties. 

This planning process may make some parishioners nervous: “How much will it cost?” and “Can we afford it?”  Another question that must be asked is “How can we not afford to have a plan to guide our future?” 

It is important to remember that no project can begin until appropriate funding is secured.  For major construction, diocesan policy indicates that the parish must have at least 50% of costs in cash on hand, and the remaining 50% in verifiable pledges.  Also any and all debt of the parish must be extinguished in advance or be added to the costs as part of the Master Plan.

The Task Force encourages every parishioner to become involved in this planning process by attending our next Q & A Forum.  The Forum is the place to: hear what information has been established, ask your questions, voice your concerns and give your input. 

Please mark your calendar for our next Q & A Forum which will be conducted after each Mass on February 21 & 22, 2009 (tentative).   The information that has been gathered will be presented so that parishioners can give their input.  This input will then be presented at the All Councils meeting on February 26 to move the planning process to the next step.


Below is a list of projects which will guide our actions in developing a Master Plan. This list has been developed over the past two years.

 

This Project List will be used to develop our Master Plan for church and school.

*church updating includes:
hvac
flooring
restain ceiling
lighting
sound system

*church addition includes:
main entry & gathering space
sacristy
restrooms

*church reconfiguring
present sacristy (sink & safe) to be walled off for work / servers sacristy
present sacristy & restrooms into
children’s chapel / bride’s room


*multi purpose center to be used as reception hall, auditorium, gym

*rectory renovation (parish goal)
remove interior walls to create an open floor plan

* rectory updating:
hvac
flooring
lighting
kitchen
bathroom

*pavilion & shed

*playground for 3 – 12 ages (parish goal)

*school updating includes:
painting
hvac
windows
lighting
restrooms
classroom flooring
monitoring cameras
classroom doors (with windows)
exterior doors
keyless locks
convent roof

* school additions include:
classrooms (replace mobile unit)
daycare center with restrooms
preschool with restrooms
offices: secretary, principal, pastor office work/store room
tutoring rooms
walk in freezer
dishwasher
steam table