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St. Patrick School looks to the future

By Staff
DREAMS OF A NEW SCHOOL – St. Patrick School students Andrew Shelton, left, Sam Lusby, Kaylee Zettler, Daniel May, Kaine Caffey and Virginia Pressly enjoy a walk along property donated to the school by alumni Marie Bailey and her sister, Lucille Thomas. The two donated the 151⁄2 acres of land on Old Country Club West for the future home of the St. Patrick School. A building fund has been set up to pay for a new school. Photo by Paula Merritt – The Meridian Star
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
October 14, 2004
St. Patrick School Principal Julie Bordelon stood on a 15-acre tract of land in north Meridian and described her vision for a new school that would house prekindergarten through 12th grade.
Bordelon's dreams of a new school could become a reality thanks to a generous donation from two parishioners, Marie Bailey and Lucille Thomas. Bailey and Thomas, who are sisters, are graduates of St. Patrick's predecessor school, St. Aloysius which included a high school.
The sisters donated the money to buy the land and additional money to start a building fund. To date, the building fund is at $85,000.
While Bordelon said there are no immediate plans or time frame for building a school, the vision is there.
The Rev. Elvin Sunds, pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church, picked out the property on Old Country Club West off Highway 39 North. Sunds was out of town Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.
St. Patrick School has provided education to Catholic and non-Catholic students since 1873. The school currently has 14 students in prekindergarten through the fifth-grade.
The school is fully accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education.
Bordelon said when the school is completed all grades will be located in the new school. She said initially the school would expand to through the eighth grade, and more than one classroom per grade.
The cost of building a new St. Patrick School, Bordelon said, is not known. She said the vision is only in the primary stages, but community support is needed to make the school a reality.

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