ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - With so many schools struggling to keep their doors open, one local Catholic school is announcing an expansion.
St. Margaret of Scotland school is home to about 400 students preschool through 8th grade. The principal says just 10 years ago, there was a class for each grade. Now, this year there are three preschool classes and three kindergarten classes.
"My son will be one of the first of the 6th graders to be in the new building," says father of a current third grader, David Greiner.
That's just one student of about 120 students that will fit in this new building, going in at the corner of Shaw and Lawrence in the Shaw neighborhood.
"We have to be on out toes, we cannot be just okay, we have got to be a great school if we are going to continue the growth," St. Margaret of Scotland Principal Juliann Hesed said.
She says in their current buildings, they are maxed out. Every year for the past nine years, they've been seeing an increase of 15 to 25 new students. So they've decided to build a one-story, six-classroom school on their current property...but it's going to cost them.
"We have to have a million dollars in cash and two million dollar in pledges and we will then go to the Archdiocese of St. Louis for a loan," she said.
School and parish leaders are hoping to get the ball rolling soon on the project. Asking for money from parishioners, friends of the school or Shaw neighbors who understand the importance of a school right down the street.
Greiner says the increase in enrollment is because the area is booming with young families.
"Lots of new babies being baptized at St. Margaret of Scotland church," he said. "If we don't do something now we won't have a place for them in the future."
As long as everything goes as planned they hope to break ground June 2015 and open the school August of 2016.