PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, September 18, 2014

Notre Dame School SB Undergoes Million Dollar Makeover!

Historic Downtown Campus Implements Many Key Upgrades

SANTA BARBARA – September 18, 2014

Notre Dame School Santa Barbara has been a vital educational partner in the community during its 108 year history. Notre Dame School is a fully accredited Catholic elementary school within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, offers quality kindergarten through 8th grade education, and operates a licensed preschool for children 21⁄2 - 5 years of age. Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, close to museums, theaters, and many cultural landmarks, this beautiful campus recently underwent many capital improvements to become the crowned jewel it once was.

“Our lovely campus was a diamond in the rough,” said Sister Judy Flahavan, Principal of Notre Dame School. “We are so grateful to our generous donors, particularly to the J.F. Shea Company, for making all of these improvements possible.”

Some of the projects which have been completed on campus include:
 Auditorium – freshly painted, new lighting and sound system, refurbished stage and floor, renovated balcony
 Playground – featuring a new play structure and repurposed rubber safety ground cover
 Computer System – upgraded school wide with Apple TV, iPads, MacBook Pros, whiteboards and projectors in every classroom
 Classroom Improvements – installation of new carpeting, window treatments, and lights
 Exterior Improvements – outside of building spainted, asphalt resurfaced, roof repaired, and shade canopies installed

“We were so happy to be able to assist Notre Dame School Santa Barbara in the quest to improve the campus,” said John Shea, Chairman of J.F. Shea Company, Inc. “We wanted to support the effort of staying true to the core mission of faith-based education, while helping the school move into the future of education with the latest technology – both in the classroom and in the cultural arts areas.”

Notre Dame School Santa Barbara will host an official Open House in early November. Information will be forthcoming about the event in a separate news release. The celebration will feature campus tours, as well as food and entertainment and will be free and open to the public. Members of the media and the community are invited to attend. For more information about Notre Dame School Santa Barbara please call 805-965-1033 or visit

Please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Representative, at or 805-886-1869 to arrange interviews with Sister Judy Flahavan, Principal of Notre Dame School Santa Barbara, or to request high-resolution images.

About Notre Dame School Santa Barbara:
In partnership with Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and our parent community, Notre Dame School’s mission is to offer a quality Catholic education, welcoming students from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and religious backgrounds in preschool through eighth grade. While facilitating the learning process, teachers also recognize and support parents in their role as primary educators of their children. Motivated by faith, teachers celebrate academic achievement and nurture in students a love of God, a sense of compassion for others, and recognition of the importance of service to others.

About J.F. Shea Company, Inc.:
One of the oldest and largest privately held operations in the country, the J.F. Shea Co., Inc. has earned a prominent position among construction companies. Built on a solid foundation, J. F. Shea Co., Inc. has inherited the family commitment to hard work and pride in a job well done. Today, the company upholds the ethics and principles established by John Shea more than a century ago.

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