Parents lead projects


How can you say “Catholic schools” without mentioning parents?

Notre Dame has two new boilers now heating its building for grades six to 12. Once the money was raised, parents were involved in cutting out the old boiler and hauling it away. Then the new boilers were installed and the pipes were insulated. Nick Dirth led the athletic boosters in cutting out the old boilers. John Bentler and Tom Gall led the next group with installation and insulation.

Notre Dame was the talk of the town in July while RAGBRAI used Burlington as a parking lot. The school offered weeklong parking for 750 cars from 43 states and Canada. Notre Dame parents led this massive parking event and added food and drink and showers. Parents also served as security for the week. Dirth and John Bissig led a hard-working group of parents that netted a large cash amount. That cash has been used to pay a portion of the new gym refurbishing. The remainder of the cash may be used to purchase school vans.

Notre Dame has added a badly needed staff/faculty retirement fund. Up until this school year, staffers had not had this benefit. The plan is not funded through operations. Parent Aaron Engberg led a new project called the “Million Dollar Hole in One Golf Event” to fund the first year of retirement benefits. Other projects are in the works to add to this fund.


Other recent projects were fire code projects led by Pete Kottenstette, installing a new $15,000 baseball scoreboard under leadership of Steve Brueck, and sanding wood furnishings in the building under leadership of Ruth Mansheim.

These Notre Dame parents and many others are a strong reason to say that the Catholic school is on the move.

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