St. Mark’s School announced this week that it has received a $5M challenge grant from an anonymous foundation to help fund substantial renovations to the School’s historic Main Building.
Renovations to the 122-year-old building began this summer, and will be the most extensive in the building’s history. St. Mark’s says the exterior of the Main Building will not change substantially, but the interior will become “a model for residential school buildings today, just as it was when it was first built.”
Part of the school’s first comprehensive strategic improvement plan, the renovations include creating space for their new Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. According to the school’s website, the Center will identify, adapt, and introduce new educational approaches, support faculty development, and provide enrichment and academic support for students.
In related news, St. Mark’s heralded more fundraising success earlier this month, saying contributions to its Annual Fund topped all previous years. The school says it exceeded its fundraising goal, bringing in $1.9M this year. It’s the third year in a row Annual Fund giving has exceeded expectations.
“Annual Fund dollars are used immediately for the School’s most pressing needs and to respond quickly to new opportunities. We are grateful to the many alumni, parents, faculty, and friends whose annual gifts help us to deliver on the promise of a St. Mark’s education each year,” St. Mark’s Executive Director of Development Kirk Swenson said.