DANVERS — Windover Construction announces that construction has officially begun at St. John’s Prep in Danvers on a 74,000 square-foot, five-story academic building to house the school’s Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, and World Languages departments. Headmaster Edward Hardiman, PhD and Principal Keith Crowley, PhD led the April 3 groundbreaking ceremony. The new facility is expected to be completed in September 2015. The Xaverian Brothers sponsored school is for young men in grades 6 through 12. The new building expands on the concept of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to include a campus-wide focus on multi-disciplinary education. Highlights of the building include a robotics lab, a seminar room, a study room, flexible work and meeting spaces, and a two-story, multi-purpose lobby on the first floor. Design elements such as interior glass walls will be used extensively throughout the first and second floors to visually engage students with the projects and activities going on inside. This concept extends to the exterior of the building, where outdoor spaces will allow students to carry conversations beyond the classroom. It will be fully accessible and is designed to meet the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Windover is renowned for their work on education institutions throughout New England, including The Cambridge School of Weston; Montserrat College of Art in Beverly; Brookwood School in Manchester; The Governor’s Academy in Byfield; Phillips Academy in Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and Endicott College in Beverly.
BOSTON — Four Lawrence Catholic schools participated in the 24th Annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) Dinner Celebration on April 3, at the Copley Marriott, which honored Robert Kraft. This year’s ICSF Dinner highlighted schools in Lawrence and the surrounding Merrimack Region. The ICSF is the signature program of the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF), which distributes scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The concert choir from Central Catholic High School performed during the dinner program. Notre Dame Cristo Rey and Bellesini Academy students were highlighted in the student video and were also student greeters as guests arrived. Lawrence Catholic Academy also participated by having students present on the history of Lawrence during the cocktail hour. This year’s dinner, chaired by Jay Hooley, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Corporation, raised over $3.2 million for the Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF). The annual event helps provide financial aid to as many as 5,000 students across grades K-12 in Boston’s Catholic schools. CSF estimates it will award $6.5 million in scholarships, $1 million in program grants to schools and another $500,000 in donor-specified initiatives in the 2014 fiscal year. The Catholic Schools Foundation provides scholarships and program support to over 80 Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Boston. To learn more about the programs and services through CSF, visit csfboston.org.