Enrollment is up 40% this year, the $360,000 budget deficit has been erased, and St. Thomas More High School has for the first time passed the $1 million annual fund-raising mark.
Some say the devil’s in the details, but these figures were inspired by quite the opposite – the school’s longtime campus minister, Robert Pauly.
Since becoming St. Thomas More’s president two years ago, Pauly says he’s turning the Catholic school around by focusing on God and technology.
Pauly added the “Saint” to what was previously just “Thomas More” high school, continued adding engineering classes and in September launched a wireless laptop program that has students jettisoning books and backpacks for laptops.
The school’s new tagline: “Inspired by Christ, driven by innovation.”
“We’re preparing their hearts and souls and minds and bodies for what the world needs,” Pauly said.
St. Thomas More’s enrollment is up to 430 this year from 392 last year, and Pauly is projecting 455 students for next year.