Optional kindergarten student Gunner Greteman looks at a display board during today’s announcement of progress made in the Kuemper Tomorrow campaign. Greteman and classmates Zach Nepper, Addison Bruning and Reese Ferneding had the honor of pulling the cover off a thermometer that measures the campaign’s progress.
Optional kindergarten student Gunner Greteman looks at a display board during today’s announcement of progress made in the Kuemper Tomorrow campaign. Greteman and classmates Zach Nepper, Addison Bruning and Reese Ferneding had the honor of pulling the cover off a thermometer that measures the campaign’s progress.
March 24, 2014



Kumper Catholic Schools have cleared the halfway mark toward their jubilation goal of $6.5 million.

At a press conference this morning, school president Vern Henkenius, with the assistance of several kindergarten students, high school cheerleaders and band members, announced that the Kuemper Tomorrow capital campaign had raised $3,327,863 in its silent phase.

That total is about 70 percent of the first-tier celebration goal of $4,630,000, which includes $1.125 million in security and renovations to establish one main entrance to each school; $1 million for the Kuemper Foundation - $750,000 to support the hiring of new staff and $250,000 for tuition assistance; $605,000 to remodel science labs at Kuemper High School; $50,000 for before- and after-school programming; $650,000 to address technology needs; and $1.2 million for a co-ed fieldhouse and multipurpose facility with offices, locker rooms, showers, rest rooms and indoor practice facilities.

The second-tier $5,380,000 "challenge" goal adds $600,000 for a new synthetic track and $150,000 for future building needs.

The third-tier $6.5 million "jubilation" goal includes an additional $1,120,000 for future foundation needs, including the strengthening of endowments.

These goals and projects were set based on surveys of Kuemper parents and 93 face-to-face interviews conducted by the Steier Group, a consulting firm from Omaha, Neb.

Henkenius referenced the day as "an historic moment" for Kuemper - the announcement coincided with Father Joseph Kuemper's birthday, marking 140 years since Catholic education began in Carroll County and 60 years since the current Kuemper High School facility was constructed.

About 250 donors have contributed to the campaign so far, said development director John Steffes.

The campaign will now move into its public phase, reaching out to parents, parishes and Kuemper's more than 10,000 alumni across the nation, said Henkenius.

The Kuemper Tomorrow capital campaign information will go live online today, with links to the campaign videos and proposed projects available from the homepage of the Kuemper school system's website, www.kuemper.org.

Jim Allen, 1974 Kuemper graduate and co-chair of the campaign, said that it provides parents in Carroll and the surrounding area with a choice in education.

"(The Kuemper Tomorrow campaign) allows you to see change. It allows you to see a first-rate school system and a safe school system. It allows you to connect with the Kuemper family and become involved," he said. "For all those that have supported Kuemper in the past, in past campaigns, and for those who support this one, and to the young people who will be supporting us in the future - I want to say thank you."