The first phase of Notre Dame’s Master Plan includes both a multi purpose building and the establishment of an endowment for scholarships. The proposed renovations and new multipurpose Gymnasium/Auditorium addition will greatly enhance the condition of the existing building and expand the reach of Catholic education, and augment and drive student recruitment and retention. Most importantly, quality facilities will enrich the academic and spiritual mission and legacy of Notre Dame for future generations.

Gymnasium/Auditorium MultiPurpose Building Overview

  • Appx. 14,000 sqft
  • Regulation size basketball court, bleachers (100+ seat capacity/200-300 for theater performances), physical education office and storage, locker rooms/restrooms
  • Stage with storage below, kitchen concession and warming area for cafeteria function, and a mezzanine
  • New access road loop, sidewalks landscaping 
  • Site utilities, catch basins and site electrical

Endowed Scholarship Fund

Equally important is the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund. Notre Dame is committed to maintaining accessibility and affordability. Faced with the reality of today’s economy, we are seeking to secure funding streams to assist our students with tuition. Our goal is to create a $4 million endowed fund that will allow us to grant $200,000 each year - over and above our yearly scholarship grants - to students who find themselves in financial need.

Timeline

2009

The superintendent of schools for the Syracuse Diocese announces the concept of the Notre Dame Schools model. The three Utica-area Catholic elementary schools merge at Our Lady of Lourdes to be called Notre Dame Elementary, paving the way for contiguous management between elementary and high school levels.

2011

Following a conditions report on the state of Notre Dame’s buildings, a transition team creates the Strategic Vision to articulate core values and inform strategic decisions and governing principles. The team’s plan will become a launching point for transformation.

2013

The Good News Foundation gives a $4 Million grant to be matched by the school’s fundraising efforts. Bishop Robert Cunningham signs a 99-year lease for the Burrstone Road property to Notre Dame for $1 per year and announces a debt forgiveness program based on fundraising efforts. The move provides for more local management, debt resolution and the easing of financial burdens on local parishes.

2015

An in-depth study and analysis by Zogby International adjusts Notre Dame’s course. The plan places greater emphasis on endowed scholarships, industry and higher educational partnerships and building improvements to accommodate continued growth.

2016

Groundbreaking for the new multipurpose gymnasium/auditorium will take place on the West side of the junior/senior high school campus while ongoing improvements to the existing buildings occur.

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