ST. CLOUD -- Cathedral High School is getting closer to some multi-million dollar improvements with the appointing of a task force to find a design and build partner for new renovations.

The new building would be at 7th Avenue and 4th Street North in St. Cloud. Board Chair, Father Tom Knoblach says this step helps ensure Cathedral's future.

"This is exciting, positive and forward momentum for this effort. The Cathedral Board of Directors, Bishop Kettler, and the members of the Corporate Board remain in full, enthusiastic support of this critical step in securing the future for Cathedral and all of Catholic Community Schools."

Cathedral staff, alumni, and stakeholders have all held several meetings over the years to decide on the school's future. The decision was finally made to keep the campus on the banks of the Mississippi River, where its been since 1884.

The campaign for the new renovations has so far raised almost $11-million. They're still looking for $5.5-million during a "final push". While $15-million in funding is designated for the new building and $1.5-million will support other Catholic Community Schools.

The $15-million will go to renovating Cathedral's 1938 building, and a major expansion of athletic facilities. Groundbreaking is set for the summer of 2018, hopefully opening for the 2019-2020 school year.

Design photo courtesy of: Cathedral High School.