Covington bishop gives OK to fundraising for new Boone Co. school | News
UNION (Fox 19) -- Covington Bishop Roger Foys has granted approval to St. Timothy Parish in Union to start raising money for a new school, the Diocese of Covington announced today.
When it opens, the school would be the first new one built by a parish in the diocese since 1962 when the original Immaculate Heart of Mary School opened in Hebron, according to Michael Clines who is the diocese’s superintendent of Catholic schools. The parish moved to Burlington in 1993.
The new school is estimated to cost $8 million to $13 million.
“This is really good news for the Diocese of Covington and for the families at St. Timothy Parish,” Foys said in a statement. “It is nothing short of remarkable in this day and age that a new school is established and built. It shows the commitment to education that has been a hallmark of the diocese since its founding and demonstrates the depth of faith of our people.”
The parish is located in Boone County which consistently is one of the fastest growing counties in Kentucky. In the 2010 Census, Boone County had 118,811 residents and ranked third in population growth.
The diocese said currently 600 students attend the parish’s religious education program and another 160 students attend St. Paul School in nearby Florence. The diocese said both are “evidence of an intense interest in Catholic education among the parish’s 1,600 families.”
The new school would have two classrooms per grade level with the capacity to educate approximately 450 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
“We are excited to move forward because we really anticipate the opportunity to provide Catholic education to many more students in southern Boone County,” said Father Richard Bolte, St. Timothy’s pastor.
The diocese said to receive permission to begin construction, the parish needs to raise one half in cash and the other half in verifiable pledges.
“Demographically, the parish is in a great situation,” Clines said. “It takes diligence, desire, dedication and of course financing to build a new school and the parish leadership and parishioners have demonstrated their commitment.”
It’s not known when the school might open.