On September 3, 1961, Archbishop Binz dedicated the new school building containing fourteen classrooms, a central library, an audio-visual center, and other school support facilities. The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at LaCrosse, Wisconsin, provided the administration of the school. Sister M. Dorothy Mulheron was the first principal and grades 2-8 were taught.
As Cedar Rapids expanded, so did the St. Pius Parish and School. Three additions were built onto the school. A new church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, was built in Hiawatha and both parishes now support the school. St. Pius School housed 473 students in grades kindergarten through eight through the 1999-2000 school year.
A decision was made during the 1999-2000 school year that a middle school for grades 6-8 would open in the fall of 2000. Students from All Saints, St. Matthew's and St. Pius would be housed in the former Regis High School building. St. Pius then expanded and moved their library and a before and after school daycare program was opened. Kindergarten was expanded to all day, every day creating two more kindergartens with a total enrollment of 77. Future plans are to increase one classroom per grade level over the next few years. Because of a need for further expansion in the parish and the school, studies are now underway to discern the best way to serve the needs of the parish as a whole.
As we move toward the 21st century, with strong faith, new technology, supportive parents, talented children, and a faculty that understands the needs of these children, we will continue to grow and accept the changes that will take place. God has truly blessed St. Pius X School, and we pray that He continues to do so.
The mission of St. Pius X/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Education Programs is to promulgate Catholic identity based on Vatican II ideals that generate Christ-centered spiritual growth. An atmosphere is fostered that enhances a student's ability to receive a quality education which instills love of life-long learning, growth in self-awareness, acceptance of the diversity of people, and provides opportunities for service to God and neighbor.
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