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Catholic high school opening pushed back

Odessa American, Texas — Ruth Campbell Odessa American, Texas

Jan. 13--Having adjusted its opening date, Holy Cross Catholic High School is raising funds and searching for a head of school ahead of its planned opening in fall 2019.

The school, which will serve students around the area, was shooting for a 2018 opening, but they've stepped back from that, said Roy Ramirez, vice president of the Holy Cross Catholic School board and capital campaign director.

Some $750,000 was needed to start, but $20 million is needed all together.

Fasken Oil and Ranch Ltd. has donated almost 50 acres of land on Holiday Hill Road to the nonprofit Permian Basin Catholic High School. The school will sit on Holiday Hill Road, south of the Tom and Nadine Craddick Highway/State Highway 349 Reliever Route. It is near Green Tree North and the Green Tree Country Club.

In lieu of constructing its own building, Holy Cross will start at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Odessa for a year with a goal of opening its own building in fall 2020, Ramirez said.

The first annual golf tournament benefitting the school was held in October at Hogan Golf Course in Midland. Plans are to have the tournament in Odessa this year.

Ramirez said the school board has contacted JSA Architects for the design process.

Bishop Michael Sis said a search is underway for a head of school. Sis said whoever is hired will spend a year developing the curriculum and hiring personnel.

"In funding, we have a lot of things that are happening kind of behind the scenes. We're gaining momentum. We're real excited about that," Ramirez said.

To help in the search for a head of school, Ramirez said the board contacted with Partners in Mission in Westwood, Mass. A representative from Partners in Mission, Michael Fury, will be in town this weekend to take input on the search.

The first enrichment session for stakeholders is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Ann's School library, 2000 W. Texas Ave., Midland.

Other sessions are set for 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Central Catholic School, 1703 Adams Ave., Odessa, and 1 p.m. Monday at St. Ann's School library.

St. Mary's and St. Ann's will be feeder schools for the high school, Ramirez said.

Ruth Campbell covers education for the Odessa American. Reach her at 432-333-7765 or 432-333-7765 or rcampbell@oaoa.com

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