Heelan Opens Academic Classroom Addition

Classes start Jan. 5 in New School
Posted on 01/01/2018

Heelan’s 55,000 Sq ft Academic Classroom Addition opens to Heelan students Friday Jan. 5. The $11 million, two-floor building features 29 classrooms, three breakout study rooms for collaborative work, a media center, an elevator and spacious stairways.


Heelan’s five science classrooms feature a lab in each room to enable more hands-on learning emphasized in new science curriculum standards.


Each classroom is equipped with a 70-inch Vizio TV with sound bar to connect with faculty’s all new laptop/tablets. Each classroom is carpeted, has wireless access and a telephone equipped with a PA system for school announcements. In addition, each teacher has a new desk, chair, credenza and storage cabinets in their classroom, thanks to generous donations by former faculty, staff and the class of 1967.


The locations of the career and guidance and registrar offices, administration offices and chaplain’s office will enable more collaborative staff interactions.


Artwork is featured in every hallway. (See separate story.)

“It’s absolutely gorgeous,” said Natalie Callaghan, a Heelan senior. “I am so impressed. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it has definitely surpassed everything. I am very excited to be in here.”


Each classroom is equipped with sprinkler systems and the building is air-conditioned. In the case of severe weather, students and teachers can go to interior classrooms that are enclosed in a concrete shell that serves as a tornado shelter.


Students will enter the new school through the main doors left of the 32 ft. high cross. After the school day starts students will enter a single door for enhanced security. The building has cameras and enhanced locking mechanisms.

Volunteers from the Sioux City Stampede and 185th Air Refueling Wing joined Action Moving in moving desks, furniture, boxes and more to the new school before and after Christmas. Student volunteers are helping to unpack.


Efforts are underway to raise funds for a $3 million gymnasium that will attach in front of the new school. Students will take physical education classes, play basketball, volleyball and wrestle in the old Heelan gym until funds are raised. The CYO continues to house the fitness center, wrestling room preschool and maintenance.