St. Benedict Catholic School Kicks Off 100th School Year with Major Upgrades


Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, kicked off St. Benedict Catholic Schools first day of school and the start of its 100th school year.

If you have recently driven by the 100-year-old campus on Illinois Street, chances are you may not have recognized it. The former red brick exterior was refreshed over the summer with an immaculate paint job that now reflects the bright and inviting interior.

The small private school also starts the school year with a brand-new state-of-the-art gymnasium after its predecessor suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Sally leaving it inoperable.

“Between Hurricane Sally and COVID – St. Benedict had a trying year. But now we are back and better than ever,” said Dr. Kathy McCool, SBCS Principal.

Across the campus, St. Benedict students in 2nd – 8th grade started the school year with brand new Chromebooks to master skills from basic keyboarding to coding that are a necessity in the technologically advanced world we live in.

“St. Benedict Catholic School is the best of both worlds,” said Rachel Kaiser, whose child attends St. Benedict. “It has the rich history and tradition of a 100-year institution and the technology and modern amenities for a first-class education in the 21st century.”

And, next up for St. Benedict is a brand-new fence and reinforced field where students love to play. These upgrades will be completed shortly after the start of school for students to enjoy all year round.

St. Benedict Catholic School is currently enrolling students for PK3 – 8th grade for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information, you can visit or email the school registrar at