Lutheran High South Fact Sheet

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O U R O U T STA N D I N G S C H O O L Lutheran High School South is proud of its 62-year history serving the academic and spiritual needs of students in South County…
O U R O U T STA N D I N G S C H O O L Lutheran High School South is proud of its 62-year history serving the academic and spiritual needs of students in South County and throughout the St. Louis area. Our co- educational, college preparatory school offers a rigorous curriculum in a nurturing Christian community where students excel and thrive as they grow in their learning, faith and fellowship. Lutheran South’s dynamic, faith-filled environment prepares graduates for leadership in service to the church, their community and the world. OUR FACILITY CHALLENGES INCLUDE: • Lack of an auditorium and adequate performing arts space with proper acoustics for rehearsals and performances. Our current performance area, known as the Kuhlmann Center, also doubles as a practice gym, requiring continual re-set of music chairs and instruments at a cost of student learning time. • Shortage of gym practice space for our teams. This means crowded and less-than optimal conditions for our teams to practice. The space doesn’t accommodate a full-sized HS basketball court. • The varsity gym has insufficient seating capacity, lack of O U R C H A L L E N G ES equipment storage and no concessions area. Public restrooms Lutheran South’s facilities are aging available to this part of the building are inadequate for large and outdated, and their appearance and public games and events. functionality have not kept pace with • Lackluster curb appeal. The building lacks a prominent other local private and public schools. main entrance and an appealing, modern façade. Overall, Our school facility was expanded in the exterior gives an unfavorable impression to prospective 1985, but the original structure has had students, parents and the thousands of motorists who pass by limited renovation and upgrades until daily. The 1985 expansion left the main school office in the the past several years. The campus also middle of the building. faces significant deferred maintenance issues. As a result, the facilities do not • Lack of a large, specially designed area for our outstanding match our high-caliber education and STEAM program (integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, the excellence of our teaching staff. Arts and Math.) The current space, a former regular classroom, Our inadequate facilities are stifling limits our pre-professional programs from reaching their full enrollment growth and jeopardizing the potential and limits course offerings. For example, the medical school’s sustainability. We frequently professional program has no dedicated space. lose prospective students to other schools because of their more modern, functional • Our cafeteria and kitchen are small, outdated and have and impressive facilities. reached end of life for many mechanical systems. • Our locker rooms are drab, dingy and worn, they do not serve our students well or show well to potential ones. O U R V I S I O N : TO P- T I E R FAC I L I T I E S School leaders have carried out extensive strategic planning that produced an ambitious long-range facilities master plan adopted by the Board of Trustees in early 2019. Parents, students, faculty, New Athletic alumni, and other stakeholders provided input. Wing Existing Gym The plan, with total projected costs of $26.5 million, calls for major Existing expansion and renovation that will elevate our facilities to the top tier Academic Wing of St. Louis-area high schools. The goal is to modernize and upgrade New our facilities to meet the needs of students and support excellence in Academic Core New our education programs and co-curricular activities for years to come. Theater New Admin. The projects will also provide Lutheran South a competitive edge in Wing attracting new students, helping boost enrollment and ensuring the school’s long-term sustainability. The projects will build on the New Theater $1.1 million in improvements recently completed, including Support renovated student bathrooms, and new lighting and windows. INITIAL PHASE SECONDARY PHASE INITIAL PHASE: We will address our main entrance and primary curb appeal elevation image by constructing the long-needed, full- sized multipurpose practice gymnasium and auditorium-performance hall. This will change the public face of our campus facility and give a clear and striking main entrance to the school, while properly locating the main school OUR PLAN office near this entrance. The existing Kuhlmann Center space, which has served us well, will be removed to make room for the new auditorium-performing arts center. Construct Construct New Practice Gym, Locker Rooms, Performing Arts and Weight Training and Fitness Area Center, Commons Projects include: Area and New Entry • A new, larger multipurpose practice gym, big enough Projects include: for two full-size basketball courts. This gym will provide • Our first proper ample room for our multiple sports teams to practice. auditorium, providing • The existing performance gym will remain the a stage, orchestra varsity home court. An extension to the gym will add pit, dressing rooms retractable bleacher seating for 270. An observation/ and fixed seating for up to 700 people. The center will entertaining space will be added overlooking the gym. provide an excellent venue for showcasing our theater and • New coaches, officials, and boys’ and girls’ student music programs and will help draw more students into locker rooms will be built between the varsity gym the programs, and the school. The auditorium will also and the new practice gym. provide space for assemblies and serve as our chapel, • A fitness room, weight room and multipurpose dance enabling our entire school to worship together. studio space will be constructed. The new gym space • Two-story commons area at the main entry, providing a will feature an elevated walking track gathering space for students and lobby area for events connecting into the fitness and workout in the auditorium and gyms. The space will have areas and bleacher seating for up to ample natural lighting and provide a welcoming and 250 supporting increased use by local impressive entry. schools and for tournaments. • New administrative space. Located near the main • New high-capacity public restrooms will entrance, this space will have glass walls to the entry be added that serve the gym and the vestibule and commons area for visual control of who is performing arts center. entering and leaving the building for safety and security. ESTIMATED COST: $8.8 MILLION ESTIMATED COST: $8 MILLION Services, Learning Resources and Cafeteria Spaces The former library area that was converted to student collaborative learning space (called the Jubel Center) will be moved into the heart of the school’s academic area. Projects include: • Construct faculty office suites to locate the majority of faculty together for collaboration and improved access for students. This will free up space within the classrooms and increase the scheduling flexibility. S ECO N DA RY PH AS E : • Construct school counseling, We will replace the remainder of the 1985 single-story expansion with a two-story guidance counseling and expansion, connecting the original classroom wing with the new entrance and public pastoral support suite with spaces. This project will enhance our program support and student services while ample offices, computer work restoring classroom spaces to academic use. A key component of this expansion is the room for college searches addition of the first dedicated, purpose-designed spaces for choral and instrumental and testing, and meeting/ music rehearsal. At the same time, a comprehensive renovation of the systems (electrical, seminar space. HVAC and fire) in this part of the facility and of the classrooms will fully modernize the • Create a new suite of offices, academic learning spaces with proper safety and environmental systems. small seminar rooms and a classroom dedicated to the special education and learning resource programs. • Build new cafeteria space Create New STEAM that will include seating areas and Music Space for regular dining and for Projects include: collaborative study so that • State-of-the-art classrooms and labs to this space becomes a central meet the needs of the health professions hub for students outside the program, pre-engineering, electronics, Renovate Existing Classroom Wing classroom. robotics, programming, design support In conjunction with the STEAM and music • Install a fully modern “maker space” and associated 3D printing/ projects, the original classroom wing, built in kitchen. cutting technologies. 1957, will be fully renovated and modernized. • Convert the current girls’ • New expanded art classroom spaces • All remaining windows will be upgraded locker room space into supporting traditional 2D art and new to the new high-efficiency specification collaborative work and team 3D art studio space. and remaining lighting will be converted to study spaces that will adjoin • Digital media studio including video and LED fixtures. the new cafeteria space. sound recording rooms and associated • An integrated HVAC system will be seminar teaching space. installed to give proper environmental ESTIMATED COST: • New music practice and rehearsal facilities controls for the building. $3.2 MILLION with separate choral and instrumental • The wiring and electrical panels will be music rehearsal rooms with appropriate upgraded, an updated and addressable acoustics for each use, practice rooms and alarm system installed and fire suppression storage for instruments, equipment and the systems installed for safety. music library. • All classroom spaces will be renovated • These programs will be showcased by including walls, floors, ceilings and placing them along new central corridors instructional surfaces to provide a on the first and second floor. completely new and fresh environment. ESTIMATED COST: $5 MILLION ESTIMATED COST: $1.5 MILLION OUR NEX T STEP To achieve this vision and provide future students at South with the highest quality facilities and learning spaces, we are considering a major capital campaign. But first we need to hear from you. With the help of the Steier Group, a national fundraising firm, Lutheran South is conducting a planning study. The study will allow us to gauge support for these priorities and determine a realistic fundraising goal. The vision outlined is our optimal case but realistic plans balancing quality with performance in meeting student needs will determine the final projects. 9515 Tesson Ferry Rd. St. Louis, MO 63123 P: 314-631-1400
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