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School Expansion

Dear Parents, I have now been at St. Joseph’s for just over nine years. From the first year I have arrived until now, I have had many parents consistently approach me about expanding our school. We have considered a fair amount of options over these years but for a variety of reasons, none of them have panned out. Perhaps the timing and circumstances weren’t just right. In light of thirty-four 1st graders registering for this school year and thus having to add a second 1st grade classroom, and with our school being up twenty-four students from last year, we will be facing in the very near future a crisis: insufficient classroom space. Foreseeing this likely problem, our parish has acquired over the last several years three separate lots connected to our current parish property, enabling us to more seriously consider expanding our school. At this time we are actively pursuing the construction of an Early Childhood Center on the lot directly south of Domino’s Pizza on Main Street.   Because none of this can get off the ground without consulting and getting the approval from the City of Williston, several very good visits have already taken place with them [...]