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White Plains' Stepinac Celebrates Technology Center

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Alumni support was the theme of the day Friday at Archbishop Stepinac High School as officials cut the ribbon on the renovated $200,000 Mastronardi Technology Center.

“It’s very impressive,” said Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, who is a 1967 graduate of Stepinac. “I think it puts Stepinac in a class of its own. I’m very proud.”

What used to be two rooms divided by a wall is now a 1,300-square-foot “college-level” wireless center with 32 Windows computers, eight iMacs and 20 workstations.

“You have to appreciate the importance of technology,” said Principal Paul Carty. “All you have to do is watch TV to see emerging technologies that come out. This center allows us to provide them with the best in technology today.”

Alumni in architecture and general contracting played a large role in the project, which was approved in May and ready for students on the first day of school in September. Michael Molinelli (’77) of Molinelli Architects in Briarcliff Manor designed the center, while Jim Scully’s (’80) company, Scully Corp. in White Plains, worked on the general contracting, according to a press release from Stepinac.

Scully is president of the school’s Foundation Board and a member of the Board of Trustees, and Molinelli is also a member of the school’s foundation.

A large portion of the donation came from the Mastronardi Foundation, which Carty said is responsible for more than a million dollars’ worth of renovations throughout the school over the years. The foundation supports Catholic school education and has Stepinac alumni among its members, said Stepinac spokeswoman Juliana Wynohradnyk.

The donations helped, Carty said, because that meant the tuition did not have to be raised and it was a good example for students.

“I think it’s wonderful lessons for current students to see that graduates want to give back, want to support something that they were a part of even if they may not be a part of it ever again,” Carty said.

Carty said the old center, with “wires running along the wall,” was outdated, and he is excited about the new room.

Molinelli’s raised-floor design will allow for quicker technological upgrades over the years, Carty said.

“We incorporated a raised floor to make it easy to move and re-wire the new hardware and other equipment,” Molinelli said in a press release from Stepinac. “As the computer technology continues to advance, the raised floor will save time and money.”

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