October 23, 2012
LANSDALE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT
After careful consideration, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Office of Catholic Education have decided not to move forward with a building project in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, on property which was intended for a new Lansdale Catholic Regional High School.
The site comprises 68 acres at the intersection of Limekiln Pike and Rickert Road. 64 acres were purchased by Archdiocese of Philadelphia in October 2001. Two smaller adjacent land parcels totaling four acres were purchased in March and June of 2008. The plan for the new high school had been originally announced in January 2007. Since the land will not be used it is likely this property will be marketed for sale.
"The financial challenges facing the Archdiocese have been clearly communicated in recent months. As part of an effort to improve our financial situation several real estate holdings have recently been sold or marketed for sale," said Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, who oversees the Office of Catholic Education. "Although the new high school will not be built, we are confident that Lansdale Catholic is well poised to continue providing a high quality Catholic education far into the future at its current location."
Over the past several years, under the guidance of the current school administration several improvements have been made to the existing school: upgraded technology infrastructure to provide wireless access throughout the school; renovated Resource Center for iPad, iPhone and Netbook use; a refurbished floor and new bleachers in the gymnasium; sound and stage lighting upgrades in the auditorium; new student lockers on two floors of the original building; refurbished weight and athletic locker rooms; a repaved main parking lot and a new LED outdoor sign. These enhancements were funded by the Office of Catholic Education and the Lansdale Catholic High School alumni, parents, and benefactors.