Saint Mark’s High School Announces $8 Million School Renovation Plan

On Wednesday evening, Saint Mark High School announced a comprehensive multi-year plan for major renovations to the school’s campus in Pike Creek.

The renovation plan is the largest fundraising campaign in the school’s 53-year history and will focus on improving six key areas:

  • Innovation and technology
  • Fine and performing arts
  • Campus ministry and student life
  • Student athletics and fitness
  • Donation
  • Funds for Saint-Marc

“A lot of it is driven by the program. What are we doing now that they weren’t doing when the school was built? What type of installation do you need to support current and future programs? said Tom Fertal, president of Saint Mark’s High School since 2019.

When Fertal joined the school four years ago, his first task was to create a master plan for school improvement. Since then, those renovations have been prioritized based on which areas need them the most, he said.

The whole project will cost $8 million and take about three years. The school’s last major capital project dates back 25 years.

Money to pay for the project comes from a mix of individual donors and foundations, and an outpouring of support for the school has resulted in donations from 60 donors already totaling $5.5 million, Fertal said.

Saint Mark High School has announced an $8 million renovation plan over the next three years.

The first phase of the project, called the “Renewing the Vision” campaign, is already underway, with some renovations in the six key areas already completed.

Totaling $1 million, the innovation and technology improvements include the creation of a robotics lab/makerspace, the creation of an Esports center, the development of an augmented reality learning lab and the transformation of a current TV room into a multi-purpose multimedia and broadcast studio.

Fine and performing arts renovations, totaling $1 million, include projects like theater control room renovations, music room upgrades, orchestra pit renovations and upgrading sound and lighting in the theatre.

The St. Marc Spartans celebrate winning the St. Marc Jaguars season opener against Appoquinimink at St. Marc in Wilmington on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. St. Marc defeated Appoquinimink 20-16.

Approximately $800,000 of improvements are earmarked for campus ministry and student life and include the installation of a low ropes/leadership challenge course, the creation of an outdoor gathering space including a multipurpose pavilion, and the renovation of the student leadership center.

Athletics, fitness needs

Student athletics and fitness needs total $2.3 million and include adding a fitness and training center, developing a campus master plan for outdoor athletic facilities, and the addition and development of a wrestling facility and multi-purpose space.

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