With the approval of Bishop George W. Ahr, CBA’s three laymen founders – George Sheehan, Peter Fleming and John Henderson – reached an agreement with The Brothers of the Christian Schools, under the leadership of Provincial Brother Anthony John Halpin, to staff the school and finance its construction.
In the very first year in which private schools were introduced to the program, the Academy earned the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence distinction from the U.S. Department of Education. The rigorous application and selection process was led by Associate Principal Peter Santanello, who also championed the introduction of technology to CBA in the 80s.
As enrollment exceeds 900 students at the start of the decade, Brother Ralph Montedoro, longtime teacher and administrator, took the helm as fifth CBA principal. Brother Andrew transitioned to become the Academy’s first school president, overseeing all operations at CBA and focusing on fundraising, alumni outreach and facilities.
CBA’s second major building addition is completed, as the $5.9 million Project 2000s upgraded the Academy’s campus facilities to better serve the student population. A new classroom wing, three state-of-the-art science labs, the McKay intramural gym with wrestling and weight training areas, two music rooms, the Academy Store, and Alumni Hall are integrated with the existing building.
In the fall, the new addition to the school building is opened and dedicated, with a visit from Bishop John Smith. Project 50th ultimately added the Quinn Library & Media Center, a new main office, guidance office suite, two upgraded computer labs, a life sciences lab and multiple classrooms. Later, a new fitness center and locker room would finish the project.