DAYTON, OH (WDTN) – An historic high school here is investing in its future, backed by support from the community.
This month, Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School began its third stage of a complete school renovation.
The Catholic school in downtown Dayton has a $2.5 million budget to renovate building 3.
It currently houses 18 language, math, social studies and religion classrooms.
This is the first real remodel of the space since it was built in 1957.
Along with updating classrooms and corridors, the project will replace the roof and mechanical systems and allow the school to add air conditioning.
The improvements are part of a series of renovations paid for in part by $21 million raised in a capital campaign.
Other recent work includes a new STEM center, stadium and expanded performing arts space.
Monday, Chaminade-Julienne president Dan Meixner praised the community support and touted the massive construction projects as an investment in the school’s future.
“The impact of renovating the spaces is that we’re able to attract students to our campus,” he said. “We’re able to attract and retain great teachers because they recognize that we’re making investments in their teaching environment and we’re creating spaces that kids want to be in and they want to learn.”
The building 3 project will be finished by winter break, though some of the classrooms will be ready to use by the fall.