St. Mary's to undergo major renovation at high school

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
All of the equipment has been cleaned out and inventories. New state-of-the-art equipment is being selected as part of the generous contribution by Mr. Joe Nemmers for the students of St. Mary's High School.

Storm Lake St. Mary's High School is undergoing a major renovation for their high school science laboratory/classroom this summer. The investment will mark $400,000 spent on STEM improvements in the school in the last two years. The school also renovated their middle school science room, purchased numerous computers, upgraded their servers and purchased science equipment recently.

Arizona-based philanthropist Joe Nemmers contributed funds to name the renovated classroom in memory of his in-laws Bernard SMHS '40 and June Christenson, long-time parishioners of St. Mary's Parish who sent their 10 children through St. Mary's High School. Nemmers recently remodeled the school's middle school in honor of his late wife Kathy Christenson '73 Nemmers Science Room in an effort to honor her passion for science education and Catholic education.

The high school science lab at St. Mary's High School in Storm Lake will be renovated and named for Bernard and June Christenson (Class of '40) this summer.

The school renovated the science lab in 2000, but the cabinet faces will be re-laminated and new VT countertops will be added to match the beautiful state-of-the-art Nemmers room as the cabinets naturally have seen wear and tear. There will also be additional cabinetry on the west and north walls.

St. Mary's will replace and level the flooring, add LED lighting, add a new dropped ceiling, new air conditioning, secondary exhaust fan for safety, a floor drain for the safety shower/eye wash station, there will be new chemical storage, new heater cabinetry and other features. Custom space saving student tables matching those in the middle school room are being built by Benchmark.

As STEM is a focus for the local parochial school, there will be a Bluetooth enabled ceiling mounted projector and 25 new laptops so all students will have the Internet at their fingertips.

Dr. Erica Larson will be our new educator for this new STEM focused classroom. She and Ms. Laura Anderson will be selecting new laboratory equipment including microscopes, probes, lab kits and more for the lucky science students.

Progress on construction of the room will be posted on the school's social media sites and the webpage Enrollment at St. Mary's School is open to students of all faith backgrounds and tuition assistance is available. Approximately 98 percent of students receive tuition assistance at St. Mary's. Efficient Construction is the general contractor and Stanton Electric will handle the electrical work.

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