Trinity Catholic looks to next step after renovations

By Maria Betzold

The Hutchinson News

Finishing touches are being made at Trinity Catholic High School's newly expanded library, and the renovations will be ready to greet students for the upcoming school year.

"It's really a multipurpose kind of facility, and that's how it was designed" Principal Joe Hammersmith said. "It's quieter as you move into it."

Trinity's "Commitment to Excellence" campaign, which began last year, proposes a total of $5 million, which is the necessary amount for all renovations. The campaign will continue until the goal is reached, at which point they will build a secondary gym. Part of the academic expansion that was completed at the beginning of May includes the renovation of the bathrooms and the library.

"For us, it's a matter of waiting for the money to come in," Hammersmith said. "We have to be good stewards that way."

The library at Trinity is used for state testing, meetings, classroom space and a computer lab. This expansion allows the school to use the library to its maximum capacity, according to Hammersmith. The main desk is located in the middle of the library because there is one librarian monitoring all activity.

Hammersmith said Trinity is hoping to continue renovations after the upcoming football season, which will include new bleachers in the existing gym and at the football field, replacement of the football press box, and renovations to the locker rooms. According to Hammersmith, this will help ensure the continued tradition of Catholic education for years to come.

"It's been positive," Hammersmith said. "It's good seeing (alumni) get involved."

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