Stella Maris Academy Takes on New Identity; Board Members Focus on Next Step

Taylor Holt
April 02, 2017 04:51 PM

Bob Lisi, Board Chair for the newly-named Stella Maris Academy says he's excited about the change Duluth Area Catholic Schools are undergoing.

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"We're in a great spot. We're preparing for next year already," said Lisi."Our enrollment push has been going very well. We're pleased with where were at and we have a new name."

The new one school, three campuses model is slated to start operating under the combined identity this fall. That excludes St. Michaels in Lakeside that will close.

"We'll have three campuses in Duluth- St Johns, Holy Rosary and St James campus," said Lisi." The next steps (will be) branding our school with the new identity."

That branding includes working with students and families to form new school colors and a mascot.

"We've had a few events already that have brought our kids together and allowed them to just see what it's going to be like even next year well in advance," Lisi added.

However, that's not the only thing their eyes are set on. In fall 2018, the Called To Be One plan suggests St. Johns campus to temporarily house freshman and sophomore high school students until they find a long term location.

"We've had a high school about 40 years ago. It was Cathedral High School and so to bring back a program of continuation of pre-k all the way through 12th grade eventually is very meaningful for the families of Duluth," said Lisi.

As for right now, the focus is on adjusting to the change.

"We truly believe that coming together, bringing together all the great things that we do at all of the campuses together into one school is the way we can best serve our families," said Hilaire Hauer, Vice-Chair for Stella Maris Academy.

The academy held two open houses last week. People can visit the Duluth Area Catholic School website for other upcoming events. 


Taylor Holt

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