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Left: George Chiala addresses group at presentation. Saint John XXIII High School Inset: Chuck Berghoff, Parent and Project member. FOUNDING VISION • Build a 21st Century campus, adopt 21st Century methods and college prep curriculum • Foster a culture of inclusiveness and promote spiritual growth and social justice founded on Catholic values as the basis for learning • Provide community-based internship and volunteer opportunities • Offer a technologically advanced learning environment leveraging our roots in Silicon Valley Catholic-based college preparatory education in a safe and inspiring environment where they’ll be encouraged to use their God-given talents in school and community life,” said Anderson. The master plan calls for a three-phased approach to development and is designed to accommodate students in 9th through 12th grades. The first phase, with an estimated cost of $30 Million, will accommodate 600 students and will include construction of 27 classrooms, 2 science laboratories, a multi- media lecture room, an administration building, a plaza and a gymnasium. Students attending the high school during phase one will have access to nearby athletic facilities through a partnership between the school and the City of Morgan Hill. “Our goal is to break ground in 2016, and to welcome the first students in the fall of 2018,” Krajewski said. Members of the South County communities have pledged close to $5 Million in support of the project as of May 2015. “The plan is to open with one class of freshman students the first year, and add a new class each year for the next three years of phase one,” said Berghoff. “Right now, the campus site is a dirt field with a farm- house. One day it will be a vibrant campus filled with our teens. We will be able to educate them and provide them with extra-curricular and community service opportunities right here at home.” Berghoff said that along with fundraising for construction, the fundraising committee will be guiding development of an endowment fund to provide scholarships to students who demonstrate strong overall academic performance and economic need. According to local business owner and campaign supporter Dan McCranie, GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/ AUGUST 2015 • Incorporate South County ag and farming heritage in relevant ways “There’s an obvious benefit for the overall spirit of this community if we can keep the children and their activities inside the community.” Subsequent phases for the South County Catholic High School will be built based on demand and financial support. Learn more at: southcountycatholichighschool.com. “I am indeed pleased that this project is moving ahead and I pray that Saint John XXIII will guide us in our work.” Bishop Patrick J. McGrath Diocese of San Jose gmhtoday.com 29