School History

When Sacred Heart School began in 1944, 39 children were enrolled and the Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenburg, IN staffed the school. Two sisters taught and the third sister was housekeeper. As the school enrollment continued to grow, it was necessary to plan a new building. A new structure was opened in 1954 that housed the Church, school, and convent.

 
Eventually a separate convent was built. Sister Mary Louis Murer was the last Franciscan to minister in the parish, leaving in 1987. After the sisters left the area, the separate convent building was also converted into classrooms.

 
Mrs. Joan Silverberg and Mrs. Mary Ann Harrison served as lay principals. Another building was purchased by the parish and housed the library and computer lab.
After the new Church was built on the east side of Highway 61, the church on Main Street was converted into classrooms and a doublewide trailer was also used for classrooms. Sister Jeannette Fennewald, SSND, became principal in 1996. In 1999 the school moved to a new structure built near the new Church on Thompson Drive.

Within a couple years, due to increased enrollment, the basement had to be remodeled to provide four additional classrooms. In October 2011, ground was broken for the new early childhood center and parish center.

In August 2012, new classrooms for kindergarten through grade 2 and two preschool rooms were opened. In September a volleyball game between Sacred Heart teams officially initiated the gym, which also features a stage. The classrooms on the lower level of the 1999 school are now used for Title I and Pinocchio programs,as well asĀ  the counselor and Public School Religion (PSR).

The school staff has grown from two teachers to 18 full-time teachers, one part-time teacher, four aides, a secretary, a Scrip coordinator, and first-aide provider. The school utilizes modern technology, best practices, and Core Curriculum standards as it continues to grow and maintain excellence in all areas.