by Cori Hilsgen
With the start of the new school year Aug. 27, All Saints Academy School students in St. Joseph are wearing some new shirts with a new logo and name on them.
“Staff and parents have commented they like the new logo and the name better represents the school since it’s located in St. Joseph next to St. Joseph Parish,” said Principal Karl Terhaar. “I think the St. Joseph community strongly identifies with its name. We still are a small-town community.”
In April, at the All Saints Academy Board of Directors meeting, it was decided the St. Joseph campus would be renamed St. Joseph Catholic School. This was decided mostly because of the fact all the other Catholic Community Schools have their own distinct name and identity. The Board determined the two All Saints Academy campuses should also have their own distinct identities.
The St. Cloud campus will retain the name All Saints Academy since that school for many years was represented by the three parishes of St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s and St. Michael’s. With the multiple saints associated with that school, it made sense to leave the name as All Saints Academy.
The St. Joseph campus was renamed St. Joseph Catholic School because of its pairing with the St. Joseph Parish and its location in the town of St. Joseph.
Even though many people mentioned their nostalgia for the “Lab School” name, the “Lab” name was dropped because the school is no longer a laboratory school for the College of St. Benedict.
St. Joseph Catholic School will remain with the All Saints Academy Corporation for the 2018-19 school year while Catholic Community Schools finalizes its corporate structure and operations.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the St. Joseph Catholic School will become part of the Catholic Community Schools Corporation.
With the renaming of the school, administrators hope to build a brand identity that distinguishes the school from other schools.
With school enrollment for K-6 at 110 and pre-k enrollment at 43 students, Terhaar said he is “looking forward to another great school year.”