Beaumont School makes progress on STEM expansion
If you drive along North Park Boulevard, you cannot miss the nearly 25,000 square feet of steel shining in the spring sun on the campus of Beaumont School. In September 2013, Beaumont publically launched its $9.5 million capital campaign and broke ground on a new academic building that will house eight classrooms designed for science, technology, engineering and math—STEM subjects. Despite a hard winter, construction has stayed close to schedule, and the new academic building is planned to open in January 2015.
In addition to STEM classrooms, the new building will house administrative and guidance offices in order to position school leadership directly between two school buildings. There will be a student commons to provide students with a space for collaborative or individual study, and a new front entrance and driveway. The new building will be LEED certified (a green building certification) at the silver level.
The school has successfully raised more than $7 million toward its campaign goal. "As we watch so many other Catholic schools merge and close around the nation, this expansion is a testament to the strength and vitality of Beaumont School," explained Sister Gretchen Rodenfels, school president. "This expansion will allow us to do what we do best--prepare today's women for tomorrow's world. We will be an active member of the Cleveland Heights community well into the future."
Beaumont School has consistently earned regional and state recognition in science competitions throughout the years, including winning the Regional Robobot Competition last year, and placing third in the national competition. This year it will be sending two teams to the Robobot competitions in May.
Anne Jarrad works with Beaumont School to support its Advancing Excellence Capital Campaign. She lives with her husband and two children in Cleveland Heights.