Bishop helps break ground on new Catholic middle school in Neenah

Catholic Diocese of Green Bay Bishop David Ricken helps break ground May 27, 2014, for the new St. Mary middle school in Neenah. (WLUK/Chad Doran)

NEENAH - Tuesday marked a big step for Catholic education in the Fox Valley.

The various Catholic parishes of Neenah and Menasha broke ground on a new middle school. It will be built on the site of the current St. Mary Central High School in Neenah.

Fundraising for the $11 million school is already at 80%.

Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay says the new school is a sign of interest in Catholic education.

"It's really been great to see the enthusiasm and the commitment of the local Catholic community but really the entire community for this wonderful project."

The new St. Mary Catholic Middle School is slated to open September 2015.