BHCS Finishes Strong Financial Year

Fiscal Year Wraps Up in Strong Position
Posted on 06/30/2022
It was a successful year for school achievement, finances and growth for Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools with its fiscal year ending June 30. 

Alumni, businesses, parents and friends donated $1.09 million to our Heelan Auction, Gold Club and Spirit of Heelan Annual Fund. 

In addition, major bequests brought in nearly $3 million, according to Dr. John Flanery, president.

“It was a record year for the Annual Fund and bequests,” Flanery says “We are incredibly grateful. The bequests truly underscore how Heelan grads can touch the future when they name Bishop Heelan in their estates.”

“We value the Bargain Center, run by Catholic Daughters, for their significant annual donations to our schools, as well as our important parish support,” Flanery adds.

“We thank our parent groups who raise funds for our schools and teachers, and the PRIDE donors who continue to fulfill their pledges to help fund the new Bishop Heelan High School.”

Foundation grants this past year added to BHCS success, he says.

“We also appreciate our foundations that have awarded grants to benefit our schools, including MDU Resources, the Gilchrist Foundation, Siouxland Community Foundation and the Monsignor Lafferty Tuition Foundation (MLTF.) 

MLTF’s 2021 donors contributed over $700,000 to fund student tuition grants this past year and received generous tax benefits in return for supporting school choice, Flanery says. For next school year more dollars will help families pay tuition. 

Other school year news highlights include:

Bishop Heelan News Highlights
• Tables and benches were added to the newly constructed Crusader Courtyard. 
• Two seniors became National Merit Finalists.
• Students took a Mission Trip to Denver’s inner city.
• A new Campus Minister expanded faith and service activities.
• The Heelan Auction broke a record raising $732,000 for BHCS.
• Jeremey Malenosky was named “Volunteer of the Year” at the Heelan Auction. 
• Brendan and Martha Burchard were named “Crusaders of the Year.”
• 95% of 2022 grads indicated they will attend college, 80% offered college scholarships.
• Brendan Burchard and Pat Sitzman retired after a combined 96 years at Heelan!
• Sadly, Heelan librarian Sr. Colane Recker passed during the school year.
• Volleyball went to state.
• Ethan DeLeon was a state runner up in wrestling.
• Girls Basketball was a state runner up and won the MRAC.
• Girls Soccer went to state. 
• Heelan hired 2 new head coaches: Jon La Fleur for football and Matt Hahn for basketball.
• New artificial turf was installed at Bishop Mueller Baseball Field.
• CYO Weight Room received new equipment.

PK -8 School News
• Sacred Heart School and Church broke ground for a $6 million expansion to add classrooms and new parish center.
• Top middle school talent from Holy Cross, Mater Dei and Sacred Heart performed the Disney musical “Aladdin Jr.”
• Students in every building performed service projects.
• Holy Cross, Mater Dei and Sacred Heart received hundreds of new computers making our schools 1:1 in technology 
• Holy Cross and Sacred Heart schools won video competitions about service for KTIV’s “Making A Difference.”
• Students were back to assemble meals for the poor for the “Then Feed Just One” project for Honduras.
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