New Catholic school opens in Union

St. Timothy is the first new school to open in the Covington Diocese in 55 years. (WKRC)

UNION, Ky. (WKRC) - While thousands head back to school in Boone County on Wednesday, private schools in the same area also begin a new year.

One of them is the brand new St. Timothy Catholic school in Union.

St. Timothy is the first new school to open in the Covington Diocese in 55 years.

"It feels great," said Principal Deb Thomas. "We have been working for months and years on this. It's so nice to have the hallways finally filled with kids instead of it being quiet and having all the construction going on, so we're really excited."

It will have an enrollment of 115 students in year one, grades K-8, and a total of 22 staff members.

Those aren't big numbers, but the fact that a new school was needed at all just speaks to the growth of this community.

"We have a lot of growth here," Thomas said. "We opened the preschool in 2008 and we had 78 kids. The preschool has now grown to 190 children and there was just a big demand. We were losing a lot of kids and families in our parish because we didn't have a Catholic school here in our community. It's finally here."

A few highlights of what you'll find at St. Tim's includes:

- A STREAM lab - that's science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and math

- An extensive Lego robotics program

- A new science lab

- Epson projectors in each classroom with touch screen capabilities

- A state-of-the-art kitchen

"We have state-of-the-art technology," Thomas said. "We're one-on-one, so every child will have a Chromebook for themselves. Every child will be coming in here to learn keyboarding, typing, a lot about the technology. We also have a robotics program that was donated by a parishioner and we're super excited to get these kids into this century type of learning."

St. Timothy's nickname is the Thunder.

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