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Baldwin County's Catholic high school construction moving forward

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FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) -

Construction crews continue to lay the groundwork for Baldwin County's first Catholic high school.

PROGRESS REPORT

Monsignor Michael Farmer is helping to spearhead construction of the new St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope.

He said, "They're well involved in laying out the ditches, the ponds, in the back for water."

Msgr. Farmer hopes crews will start laying cement to the foundation for the two story complex in the next couple of weeks.

He said, "We have these gulley washers every so often, and you get mud, and you have a little delay, but things are progressing right along."

ENROLLMENT

The Archdiocese of Mobile has a fund raising campaign to pay for the $9.5 million facility.

It will house about 130 ninth and tenth graders when it's scheduled to open in August of 2016, but Msgr. Farmer says there'll be room to add to to the building to hold 400 students in ninth through twelfth grades.

He said, "There was a desire for a Catholic high school, even among some of the non-Catholics here so, definitely, it's going to be an attribute to the education scene here in Baldwin County."

Msgr. Farmer says he hopes to have a trailer set up on site in about six months for parents to get information about registration.

PRINCIPAL NAMED, MASCOT NEXT?

What else is ahead?

Msgr. Farmer said, "The monumental task is to come up with a mascot, and I think Archbishop (Thomas) Rodi and the students that will be coming here will be involved in choosing the mascot and the name."

The school's principal will be Faustin Weber, a Mobile native and headmaster of a Catholic high school in the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee.

Here's the Facebook page for the school:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Michael-Catholic-High-School-Baldwin-County-Al/830725220320271


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