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School plans to expand

(ran SE edition of LT)

St. Cecelia Catholic School will be able to accommodate an extra 120 pupils within a few years because of an expansion planned on the school's property.

"It will be a gradual growth, adding about 30 kids a year," said Helen Marston, principal of St. Cecelia Catholic School for 10 years.

Plans are under way to construct a new building for kindergarten and first-grade pupils and a chapel on the school grounds at 400 S Hillcrest Ave.

The total estimated cost of the expansion is about $600,000, Marston said.

"We've never had a chapel on the premises before, so this will be wonderful," Marston said.

The school will accept 30 extra kindergarteners in the fall, but the new building and chapel will not be completed until the fall of 1994, Marston said.

"We've had so many kindergarten applicants for the last three years," Marston said.

"We'll still have 20 to 25 people on a waiting list, even after the expansion."

Funding for the expansion came from money the school has saved in recent years and from the financial assistance of five parishes: St. Cecelia, Light of Christ, Espiritu Santo, St. Brenden and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic churches.

St. Cecelia Catholic School has been at its Clearwater location since 1952.

"We're thrilled about being able to do this," Marston said.

"We've had wonderful people apply to us and we weren't able to accommodate them. That really was the impetus behind this."

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