Principal Roger Griffin says the nearly $7 million project at Holy Family Catholic School in Lafayette is one of many campus renovation projects.

The projects were funded by private donations and began with the revamping of the school library.

“First we worked on remodeling the convent and turning it into our library. Part two was to add two more portable buildings for pre-K and part three into the gymnasium and classrooms,” said said Griffin. “So right now my vision is focused on that but it’s not the end of the dream.”

Griffin said his plans were to close the school due to low attendance, but he remained hopeful.

“We had 75 students but parents asked to continue for another year and now we are celebrating 23 years of my leadership here at Holy Family with 258 students with a goal to grow to 400,” he said.

Griffin is now working with the Louisiana Department of Education to provide full scholarships to students wishing to attend the school.

Kait Dooley, interior designer on the project, said the challenges increase with inflation.

“I know we’ve had budget issues with construction and materials inflation at the moment and I’ve taken it as a challenge for me to find unique ways to bring a special quality to this school without over budget,” she said. “And I think that’s exactly what we did, and we did everything we could to make this school special.”

There will be eight new classrooms, an administrative wing and a gymnasium on the Holy Family Catholic School campus.

There will be a dedication and blessing of the project on Friday, February 11 at 8:30 a.m.

The school is expected to be completed by August 2022.

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