The new Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School opens this month. After 15 years of planning, several years of fundraising, and two years of construction, classes will be held in the new building for the first time Sept. 4.
Robert Mizia, superintendent of the Archdiocese of Portland’s the Catholic Schools, will attend the historic event.
Students and parents were allowed to tour the school Aug. 21.
"It was wonderful to watch the students walk through the new school and know they are a part of a new history beginning here at Our Lady of the Lake," said Parent Association President Jill Craven.
“I am looking forward to playing basketball in the new gym,” student Anna Fanelli said. She has played point guard on the CYO basketball team.
School staff members have been preparing the school throughout the summer. Thirty new touch screen computers were installed in the technology lab. More than 12,000 books were logged into the new library software and arranged on bookshelves.
Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego completed Phase Two construction of their $15.8 million Building in Faith project, the new parish center and educational facility, this summer. Phase Three, the landscaping and reflective courtyard, will be complete in the fall. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 21.
“I thank all who have worked so hard to make this building possible,” said Fr. Joseph McMahon, who has overseen the project for the last 12 years. “Their dedication and perseverance over the last decade have overcome economic certainty, archdiocesan bankruptcy and restructuring, land use restrictions, and a few concerned critics. It is because of their passion, we are able to build a modern facility that will help the parish and the school to live our mission as we continue to be called to faith, love and service to our community.”
The new building is 55,604 square feet. This is 800-square-feet more space than the current school and parish offices. However, the new space is more efficiently designed and meets the needs of a 21st century school and business office space. There will be more shared space such as classroom storage, conference rooms and multi-purpose cafeteria and gymnasium.