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Capital campaign under way at Saint James

November 06, 2006

Saint James School officials announced Oct. 27 the public phase of a $25 million capital campaign.

The campaign theme is, "The Campaign for Saint James School: For Those Who Teach and Those Who Learn," according to a press release from the school.

The capital campaign focuses on three priorities:

· $10 million for endowment for need-based scholarship support and faculty compensation.

· $9 million for campus capital improvements.

· $6 million for unrestricted annual fund support.

Over the past five years, the number of applications for financial aid has increased 71 percent, according to the release. Officials said there also is a need to renovate and expand both academic and residential facilities, as well as expanding and improving the athletic playing fields.

About $15 million was raised or pledged during the first phase of the campaign, according to the release. The goal for the second and final phase is $10 million, according to the release.

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The campaign concludes in December 2010.

"Our growth has provided us with challenges as well as opportunities," said the Rev. D. Stuart Dunnan, Saint James School headmaster. "We now have an occasion to provide our community an opportunity to flourish throughout the decade and beyond."

Saint James has 225 students - 139 boys and 86 girls. There are 165 boarding students and 60 day students. Eighteen states and seven countries are represented at the coeducational boarding school just south of Hagerstown.

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