In the News: $3M to bolster Concordia Lutheran

By the Omaha World Herald – OMAHA.COM | Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012

A $3 million gift is expected to go a long way to cure the growing pains of a Lutheran school in northwest Omaha.

Concordia Lutheran Schools announced Thursday that William and Berniece Grewcock of Omaha have pledged $3 million toward a $5.9 million expansion campaign for its junior and senior high campus at 156th and Fort Streets. The donation is contingent on the school raising an additional $2 million by April 1.

The Rev. Jim Rasmussen, chief executive officer of Concordia Schools, said Concordia has already received commitments of $1.4 million. The Grewcocks’ donation of 40 acres of land and a building enabled Concordia Junior and Senior High to open in 2001 with 45 students.

William Grewcock worked at Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. for 56 years, retiring as vice chairman of the construction and mining firm. His wife has long been involved in community affairs.

“Our school wouldn’t be here without the Grewcocks,” Rasmussen said. “Now, their support is helping us take this next great step that will have such a wonderful impact on the next generation of students.”

Concordia has hired Schemmer, an Omaha-based architecture and engineering firm that designed the school, to lead the project. Construction is expected to begin this spring and be completed in the summer of 2013. READ MORE