VDHS appeals to Shea Foundation for campus enhancements

By Tyon James, Staff Writer

As we usher in the new decade, Verb has many potential renovations on the horizon with hopes of entirely transforming the physical front of the school. This will take form in various ways: spanning from the adjusting of landscaping, technology, lighting, security features, fencing, paint, roofing, and windows.

“The key thing for Verb, however, is keeping the school safe, functional, and efficient,” said Jeff Bonino-Britsch, Vice President of Operations.

Accordingly, Bonino-Britsch has adapted a two-page school request detailing the modifications sought by Verbum Dei at large. These detailed requests are expected to be brought before the Shea Family Foundation within the next couple of weeks in a follow-up meeting to be attended by Bonino-Britsch, Fr. Stephen A. Privett, SJ, President, and Paul Hosch, Senior Vice President for Advancement.

“Ultimately, we will tell them [The Shea Family Foundation] what our priorities are,” said Bonino-Britsch, “but they will tell us what they would like to support.”

Beyond the scope of renovating for the simple purpose of bringing about a fresh appeal, Verb is looking to ensure that everything is up to code, functional, and safe for all members of the VDHS community. For example, the school’s HVAC units [heating ventilation and air conditioning system] are aging and leakage caused by the systems damages ceiling tiles which must be repaired or replaced.

Hosch, who leads the Mission Advancement Department, will be tasked with forming a budget for priority items that are not funded by the foundation in order to carry out the plan of renovating the campus and bringing everything up to code.

Even soon-to-be-graduating students see the value in the renovation proposals.

“I believe that these renovation efforts are imperative to maximize safety and bring a fresh appeal to the school,” said senior Justin Funez.

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