The gift will support construction of a three-story, 87,000-square-foot building for the elementary and middle schools, which currently are located in separate buildings a couple of blocks from each other. The gift also will support construction of a new parish center for St. Francis Xavier church, which owns the school buildings.
The existing school buildings will be razed to make room for parking for the proposed Mulva Cultural Center, a $50 million project the couple announced just weeks ago in partnership with the De Pere Cultural Foundation. Construction on the new school building is slated to begin at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
"We have a pretty strong sense and feel of what it's going to look like when it's done," said Jim Mulva, a former chair and CEO of ConocoPhillips. "And I think that's going to come across [and] be really appreciated by all in the community. But most important, it's going to be for the benefit of the young children.”