After many years of dreaming, evaluating, praying and planning, in November 2019 the Great Plains Lutheran High School Association delegates approved a revised Master Site Plan and Facility Expansion Plan. These plans include:
a fine arts addition which will include space for worship, music instruction, lessons, rehearsals, concerts, performances, and fine arts storage
a classroom addition which will provide the classrooms we need now and into the foreseeable future
a classroom remodel which will create needed additional administrative offices
an auxiliary gym which will relieve scheduling tension and provide new utilization opportunities
a link to the auxiliary gym which will contain a new kitchen and dining area
Using God’s Word, the ministry of Great Plains Lutheran High School touches the hearts of youth, making a lifelong impact that reaches into eternity.
In July of 2020 the GPLHS Association delegates unanimously approved going forward with construction of two areas: the worship, performing arts and music addition, as well as the new kitchen and dining area.
Groundbreaking was held on July 25, 2020. Construction began in September.
We are truly blessed; it is exciting to see several years of dreaming and planning become a reality!
After a few delays due to the weather and COVID-19 within the construction crew, our facility expansion is moving along nicely. The favorable December weather enabled crews to make up some time and continue moving forward. Footings and foundation work was completed before Christmas; structural steel began going up in mid-December as well.
Our project is currently 2-4 weeks behind the original schedule. With additional crew members and favorable conditions, we hope to make up more time in the weeks and months ahead. The current schedule calls for the Kitchen/Commons to be completed in September, and the Chapel/Auditorium/Music Room to be completed in October. God continues to bless us through the gifts and prayers offered on behalf of this project.
"Great Plains is not just a Lutheran High School; it is a God blessed ministry that educates minds, nurtures souls, builds attitudes and character and develops the qualities and characteristics that our society so desperately needs."
Christian Weseloh, Parent
Finishing Touches is our effort to provide all of the items needed to furnish and equip our new spaces for student and activity use. The cost of these items is not included in the construction price. We are therefore asking individuals and groups to cover the cost of one or more of the needed items.
The United in Praise Wish List outlines the cost of the items which can be funded in part or in full. For a complete list of wish list items and images – and to see what is still in need of support, click the button below.
Bridging the Gap is our effort to reduce the amount we will need to borrow to complete Phase #1 of our project. Our current financial plan calls for borrowing $2.5 million. Every dollar given will not only reduce the loan balance, but also make funds available for the next phase of construction.
Bridging the Gap gifts can be made by clicking the button here and designating your gift to: "United in Praise: Bridge the Gap"
The Master Site Plan and Facility Expansion Plan were approved by the GPLHS delegates in November 2019. It became clear that some of the expansion pieces could not be constructed within the Phase #1 portion of the project. However, the many benefits of these expansion pieces were clearly recognized by our delegates and will be included in the Phase #2 portion of the United in Praise Facility Expansion. These Phase #2 facility expansion pieces include an auxiliary gym, classrooms, and administrative offices.
Our goal is to begin the Phase #2 facility expansion project as soon as possible following 1) the completed construction of the Phase #1 expansion (aprx. fall 2021) and 2) the completed purchase of all the Phase #1 Finishing Touches. That way Phase #1 expansion will be fully ready for student and activity use before proceeding with Phase #2. If possible, we plan to begin the capital campaign portion of the Phase #2 expansion in 2022.
Our mission is to provide a Christ-centered education to assist families in nurturing students as lifelong disciples of Christ.
1200 Luther Ln. NE
Watertown, SD 57201