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Annunciation Catholic School Announces Grand Opening of School Expansion


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katie Fenstermacher, Director of Marketing and Admissions 662.328.4479

Annunciation Catholic School Announces Grand Opening of School Expansion

On Thursday, November 21st Annunciation Catholic School (ACS) will hold the much-anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the new building expansion. Talks of expanding the campus have been ongoing for several years due to increasing enrollment every year. ACS enrollment has almost doubled in the last seven years, and the school has seen a 97% increase in that time. After much discussion and research, school administration decided the best plan of action financially would be to build on the current location.

ACS began a capital campaign last spring to raise the 3 million needed to move forward with an expansion. The new expansion will include 6 new classrooms, computer/STREAM lab, science lab, library and administrative offices. The front of the school will also get a revamp. During the ceremony, representatives from each committee that worked on the expansion will be present, as well as Bishop Joseph Kopacz and Catherine Cook, Superintendent, to cut the ribbon on this exciting new venture. The ceremony will also include speakers that consist of staff, students, and parents of our school.

Principal, Joni House states, “The construction of this new building is more than just walls and ceilings, it is the opportunity to continue our mission of higher learning in a Christ-centered environment. It gives us the opportunity to accept additional students each year and offer a more STREAM focused curriculum."

“What an honor it is to work along so many others who have sacrificed personally and financially to provide an ever expanding learning environment for our Annunciation Catholic School students and faculty. As we continue our school's mission of building character, fostering community and creating lifelong learners, we can't help but remember those sacrifices of so many in our school's history. They formed the foundation that we have the privilege to be building on. The new opportunities that will be afforded our students and faculty is absolutely amazing. What a challenge and opportunity.” – Father Jeffrey Waldrep, Pastor of Annunciation Catholic School and Church

ACS will celebrate Mass in the school gym, followed by the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Reception at 9:15 a.m. The celebration will continue at 5:00 p.m. with a Grand Opening celebration to include a BBQ dinner, light music, and guided tours of the facility. ACS would like to invite all friends, family, and supporters of the school to attend either event.

ACS fast facts:
 ACS is the only private school in the Golden Triangle accredited by both the Mississippi Department of Education and AdvancEd.
 ACS has a school community which currently enrolls about 230 students PreK – 8th grade from around the Golden Triangle, West Alabama, and the surrounding areas.
 ACS has a culturally and economically diverse student body.
 All faith traditions are welcome.
 ACS offers a bus service from Starkville.
 Mission Statement: Annunciation Catholic School teaches the whole child in a Christ-centered environment. We encourage all children to reach their full potential by building character, fostering community and creating lifelong learners.

For more information, or to schedule a private school tour, please contact 662.328.4479 or visit