North Little Rock Catholic Academy principal Denise Troutman smiles while pushing her shovel into the dirt during the groundbreaking blessing Aug. 2 for a 3,300-square-foot building that will house pre-K 3 and 4.
Father Rubén Quinteros (second from right), pastor at St. Mary Church in North Little Rock, blessed the construction site and the workers who will soon begin construction, due to be complete in January.
Troutman said it has been a dream of hers for the past 30 years for a bigger space, but official plans began three years ago. The building will include classrooms, a kitchenette, storage space and a large conference room.
Father Quinteros said it will benefit both the school and St. Mary Church, as the parish has no meeting space. He said he views this new project as “a sign of hope” that people are still “willing to invest in Catholic education and their faith as well.”
Others pictured are Jeff Massey, owner of Massey Construction of Little Rock (left); David Rhude, project manager for Massey Construction; and Father Joseph de Orbegozo, associate pastor at St. Mary.
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