Gifts to capital improvements help us meet needs, goals and dreams to maintain the high standard of excellence at Our Lady of Sorrows. These improvements such as facility improvements, academic updates, or identity enhancements are chosen annually from our 20/20 Vision Plan. This plan outlines the vision of capital improvements over the next few years, as funds become available.
2020-2021 Capital Improvements:
Our biggest improvement was the purchase of 350 new double entry desks for the middle school grades 5th through 8th grade. The new desks are built stronger, they have a larger writing surface, and a more comfortable seat. These new desks will help students focus better in class and provide an excellent workspace for learning. We replaced the aging floor covering in the upper floor of the middle school and the school office with new carpeting. Another large project was the replacement of the roof over the main hallway of the school office. The roofing membrane reached the end of its life and had been leaking for a few years. A much appreciated improvement was the replacement of all of the teacher computers that were 10 years old with new high speed computers with the latest version of Microsoft Office and an upgraded email system to operate in the cloud on the Microsoft Exchange 365 platform. With all of the new computers, iPads, and Chromebooks on campus, we added a second high speed internet connection to our network to provide for faster internet speeds, load balancing, and failover connection. In our efforts to improve indoor air quality, we installed new windows that open in the 6 early childhood classrooms as well as classrooms 117 and 118. These rooms now have operable windows to allow for additional fresh outdoor air to improve the indoor air environment.
2019-2020 Capital Improvements:
Our capital improvements addressed a new set of COVID-19 upgrades as we prepared to welcome our students back to a safe and healthy school environment. Our updates included touchless faucets and flush valves in every school bathroom, and touchless water bottle refill stations. We added concrete walkways outside of our kindergarten and first grade classroom exit doors so that students enter the building through multiple entrances to maintain social distancing. To ensure smaller class sizes, we purchased additional furniture to outfit an additional classroom. Finally, we were able to finish the installation of new projectors and whiteboards in our upper elementary, and expanded the wireless network to accommodate more devices.
2018-2019 Capital Improvements:
We addressed several capital improvement issues including replacing the rooftop air conditioning units for the gymnasium and the Family Center. We upgraded the sound system in the gymnasium to increase clarity of speech during assemblies, concerts, mass, and other functions. Our elementary school hallway carpet was replaced with rubber floor covering that provides unparalleled durability as well as very low future maintenance costs. We increased our wireless network capacity and purchased new grade level Chromebooks to accommodate web-based standardized testing implemented by the Archdiocese.
2017-2018 Capital Improvements:
With your support we created a lasting impact for current and future OLS graduates with environment improvements to campus hallways in the form of painting and new flooring in the Lower Elementary hallways and “OLS blue” lockers in the Upper Elementary hallways.
2016-2017 Capital Improvements:
With generous support from our donors, we updated campus technology to ensure the high quality of excellence in education that we have come to expect from Our Lady of Sorrows. With your support we enhanced classrooms with Promethean Boards, computer upgrades, and audio systems. We added best practice materials in the form of an 18 month Curriculum Alignment Project, Developmental Reading Assessment Kits, and leveled books for classroom libraries. We purchased twenty new ipads minis with ipad cart for The Daily 5 literacy implementation.