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St. Michael the Archangel High School Principal Ellen Lee discusses plans for the school’s capital campaign projects with students, faculty, parents, alumni and members of the community at a community forum on April 12.


St. Michael the Archangel High School is approaching the completion of its nearly 2-year-old capital campaign to add a multipurpose building, covered walkways and additional parking to its campus.

More than 500 donors have helped the school reach 88 percent of its goal, a news release said. An anonymous donor recently pledged $500,000 as part of a dollar-to-dollar matching gift challenge.

“This matching gift is a game changer for St. Michael High School and the capital campaign. This project benefits all areas of the school such as campus ministry, academics, fine arts and athletics,” said Thad Rispone, an alumnus and Building Committee member.

Those wanting to double their donation through the matching gift challenge can visit and click on “Support SMHS.”

The Building Committee was established recently to counsel the administration on planning and development, and the line of contractors, and to follow through with construction and building plans. Committee members include Kevin Andry, Bob Bernhard, Josh Galasso, Ronnie Hoffer, Ronnie Laborde, Jeff Larson, Ellen Lee, Seth Lemoine, Shane Mouton, Steve Nathanson, Eddie Rispone, Thad Rispone, Jerry Ruch, Rob Smith and Jessie Zeringue.

The committee’s first step was to stress the importance of gathering public comments on the new building’s design and schematic plans, so the school held a community forum on April 12. People in attendance reviewed the proposed layout and design, as well as its functionality and purpose.

Visit or email Advancement Director Josh Galasso at, or call (225) 755-3618 to donate to the campaign.