DeLaSalle Education Center to Celebrate Completion of New Expansion and Renovation Project

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October 9, 2013

DeLaSalle Education Center will celebrate the completion of its new $8 million expansion and renovation project with a community Ribbon Cutting and Open House on the campus grounds at 3737 Troost Ave., Wed., Oct. 16, 2013, beginning at 4 p.m.  A short presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m., with tours of the new Norman O. Sanders Wing and the renovated Kobets Wing immediately following.

This is the first significant building project for DeLaSalle since its inception in 1971. The project allows an increase to serve 300 students with an additional 13 full time staff, including 10 new teachers.

“The level of academic support has been elevated and the tools required for student learning, such as classroom technology and on-line learning software, are now available throughout the school. Thanks to the generous support of our many friends, the future looks very bright for DeLaSalle, and more importantly, our students,” said Mark Williamson, Executive Director of DeLaSalle.

The additions and improvements enhance an already exceptional education program by bolstering a teaching environment designed for student success. The construction project allows additional space to foster high aspirations to more adequately meet student needs. The project entitled “The DeLaSalle Impact” improves the three main focus areas utilized to teach DeLaSalle students including Personalized Education, Holistic Services and Workforce Development Through Experiential Learning.

The DeLaSalle Impact includes:

The new Norman O. Sanders wing provides an additional 18,000 sq. ft. of program space and a Troost Avenue entrance with a new address.

  • A new Media Center provides space for 5,000 additional books, a computer lab and ELL classroom.
  • The Parent and Child Education Support (PACES) program is significantly improved providing student parents the ability to continue their high school education in a state of the art facility.
  • The DeLaSalle Student Press adds to the economic impact on the community by locally owned businesses along the Troost Corridor.
  • DeLaSalle’s unique ability to provide mental health services on-site is greatly enhanced with all Team of Care services in one area.
  • The new Mabee Foundation Walking Trail emphasizes our Healthy Lifestyles program and provides community green space for the Squier Park Neighborhood.

It took a team of partners to complete this significant expansion that included major financial and in-kind donations as well as a $5 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits.  Major funders of the project are The Hall Family Foundation and the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. They are joined by additional donors:  City of Kansas City, MO, DST Systems, Inc., Financial Holding Corporation, HJM Architects, Inc., JE Dunn Construction Co., Kirk Family Foundation, LISC, Mark One Electric Co., Olsson Associates, The Sunderland Foundation, UMB, and William T. Kemper Foundation.

DeLaSalle is an innovative high school serving students from Kansas City’s urban core in need of an alternative to the traditional school.  DeLaSalle provides a holistic environment that offers students an opportunity to improve learning and life skills.

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CONTACT:

Brenda Gray

Associate Director of Communications

DeLaSalle Education Center

Opportunity Powered by Education

grayb@delasallecenter.org

816-561-4445 ext. 232

3737 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, Mo 64109

www.delasallecenter.org

https://www.facebook.com/delasalleeducationcenter

 

Tracey Mershon

Mershon & McDonald LLC

tracey@mershonandmcdonald.com

816.289.0027

 

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