The Rev. Dan DePew, the Spring Lake church's pastor, said the project dates back 10 years when they created a master plan for the parish. The plan called for construction of a new school and education center.
Architects found the structure of the buildings constructed in the 1950s are now deteriorating, DePew said, as foundation walls crack from settling.
Additionally, each classroom is equipped with just two power outlets, which DePew said won’t handle 21st-century technology.
“That just doesn’t work,” he said.
The cost for upkeep for the aging facilities is estimated at between $500,000 and $800,000 during the next 10 years.
St. Mary's officials are working on a feasibility study, and now they want parishioner input. They sent out letters and informational packets that detail the parochial school's history, a proposed investment and estimated project costs.
The parishioners received a link to an anonymous online survey to provide their input.
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