A New "Lift" for the CJ Community

The CJ elevator is here and “open for business.” And that business is serving those who have limited mobility with access to second floor classrooms and community spaces. The elevator is located by the stairwell leading from the cafeteria to the gym, near the Ludlow St. entrance.

“In the past, teachers who taught on the second floor would move their class to a ground-level space whenever possible. It took a little more planning and adjusting, which teachers and students were willing to do,” said Steve Fuchs, Assistant Principal.

“Now with elevator access to the second floor, classes can remain in the rooms that are best designed for the curriculum being taught, like those classes taught in the CJ STEMM Center.”

The elevator also means easier access to the CJ auditorium or Mary, Our Lady of Victory gym.

“This is a great help to our guests who previously struggled to climb steps to see a show or concert,” said Debi Schutt, Director of Performing Arts.

The elevator made its debut in June 2018 as the family of Emilee Boland gathered in her memory for an inaugural blessing. The mother of three graduates, Heather ‘88, Nicole ‘90 and Bethany ‘01, had limited mobility later in life.

“Emilee’s husband, Michael, and their children wanted a way to honor her memory that would also benefit the CJ community,” said Deacon Jim Walworth, Director of Development. “We are extremely grateful for their gift that will make CJ an even greater place of welcome to those with limited mobility.”

As first seen in Vision, Fall 2018

Posted January 4, 2019