School to name addition B. Bruce Krier Center in honor of legacy of support
St. Marcus Lutheran School and the community will celebrate the construction of the B. Bruce Krier Center, the school’s second expansion in two years and final phase of a major, $13.5 million campus expansion project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, August 26 from noon – 1:00 p.m. at the building site, 2215 N. Palmer Street.
Named in honor of more than ten years of support from Krier Foods, Inc. CEO B. Bruce Krier, including a seven figure leading contribution for the Phase II expansion, the campus addition will serve as a multipurpose space for students to use for recess, physical education and as a school gathering place.
The ceremony will include a welcome from Pastor Mark Jeske and remarks from Superintendent Henry Tyson. Krier will also address attendees and present a check for $1 million, a portion of his total contribution to the expansion project, and will be the first to place the shovel in the ground, alongside several St. Marcus students. Following the shovel ceremony, a drum line will lead attendees to the North Avenue parking lot for refreshments and to receive commemorative items.
Schedule of Events
11:50 – Noon: Drum line leading church attendees to groundbreaking site
Noon – 12:15 p.m.: Welcome Address by Pastor Mark Jeske; Blessing by Pastor Paul Steinberg; Remarks from Superintendent Henry Tyson; Remarks and check presentation from B. Bruce Krier
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.: Shovel ceremony
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Refreshments
Upon completion of the B. Bruce Krier Center, the expansion project will have added approximately 12,000 additional square feet of facilities critical to meeting the needs of more than 650 students, their families and the surrounding community.
St. Marcus School is a Christian, college-prep school serving predominantly low-income African-American students from K3-8th grade. As a nationally recognized leader in urban education reform, St. Marcus empowers individuals, children and families to overcome challenges and reach their full potential. Graduating students are fully prepared for high school and positioned to excel in higher education, including university academics and as leaders in their communities. The Christian focus and no-excuses approach encourages growth in wisdom, dedication and self-discipline.
- Students boast an average daily attendance rate of 96%
- 97% of 2005-2011 St. Marcus alumni graduated from or remain in high school
- 83% of 8th grade students are proficient or advanced in math
- 87% of 8th grade students are proficient or advanced in reading
For more information about the mission of St. Marcus School, please visit www.stmarcusschool.org.
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