By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — A $15,000 grant to help with the installation of an elevator at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School has been awarded by the Regional Development Authority. The RDA distributes grants to nonprofit community organizations from gaming proceeds of Rhythm City Casino.
Julie Delaney, principal at St. Paul the Apostle, said it is exciting to be awarded the grant. The elevator is part of St. Paul the Apostle Parish’s capital campaign. The $4.6 million campaign kicked off Sept. 17-18 in an effort to address continuing growth in the parish and school and to preserve and maintain the facilities. When and where the elevator will be installed depends on how much is raised in the campaign. Ideally, installation will be near the 1970s addition to the school, which has a lower level, first floor and second floor.
The exact cost of the elevator hasn’t been determined, but a rough estimate for the campaign pertaining to the elevator, electrical, security and other handicap-accessible renovations totals $335,000. Delaney said the school has applied for several other grants and has a few more in mind.
“This will be a nice benefit for our students who are on crutches due to an accident and for the elderly visiting the school to have easier access to the second floor.”