Butte Central Catholic Schools gets grant

Butte Central Catholic Schools President Don Peoples Jr., shown standing in front of Butte Central High School on June 20, announced Wednesday that Central recently received a $25,000 grant to help pay tuition for students. 

Every year for the next 10 years, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Montana Resources, will provide $25,000 in scholarships for families who need help paying Butte Central Catholic Schools tuition fees.

The Central school district announced the grant award Wednesday morning.

“We are very grateful and excited about the grant. It will help make our schools more affordable,” said Don Peoples Jr., president of Butte Central Catholic Schools.

According to Peoples, he and his Central schools colleagues gave a presentation to the Washington Foundation and Montana Resources recently about the capital fund drive they launched for the Butte Catholic schools last March.

The multi-million dollar campaign aims to improve and support a variety of areas in Central schools, including technology, counseling and tuition assistance, the biggest campaign factor, Peoples said. As of Wednesday, the campaign had raised $2.3 million of their $3.1 million initial goal through support from the community, alumni and parents.

A month after this campaign was launched, Butte Central Catholic Schools also announced a whole new tuition structure, including lower rates and increased scholarship assistance through the Guardian Angel Scholarship Fund.

At the high school, Peoples explained, the priciest income-based tuition tier dropped from $8,500 to $6,000, while at the pre-K, elementary and middle school it went from from $6,800 to $5,000. 

Now with an extra $25,000 to put toward tuition assistance for the next 10 years, Peoples hopes to help families foot the bill even more.

“Montana Resources and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation have been extremely generous to our schools throughout the years,” Peoples said. “We are really fortunate to have them support our schools and other endeavors in the Butte community.”

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