Photo: The Holy Trinity Academy is still working to settle into their new location within the walls of the former Chronicle News building at 200 W. Church Street. The new space is more than twice the size of their previous location. HTA staff and students include, front row (L-R) Briella Phelan, Keedan Espinoza, Darrel Phelan, Auriah Phelan, Caleb Crawford and Head Teacher Mrs. Phyllis Massarotti. Second row (L-R) Board President Mrs. Christina Duran, teacher Mrs. Andrea Jimenez, Logan Gates, Lorenzo Lucero, and Kyler Spleen. Third row (L-R) Nolan Spleen, Kix Moltrer, Heather Hill, Sofia Sinda, Kylie Rae Duran, Samantha Howe, and teacher Mrs. Angela Holshouser. Back row (L-R) Board members Bill Massarotti, Angie Hill, Melissa Lucero, and Lacey Williams.

Holy Trinity Academy is coming up on concluding their first semester of school in their new location at 200 West Church Street, the former home of the Chronicle News. After securing funds to purchase the building, the school moved from their previous home that was smaller than half the size of their new home. HTA Business Manager Andrea Jimenez stated the move presented some challenges but they’re about settled.

“It’s crazy how much stuff we were able to fit in the previous location at the parsonage of Zion Lutheran,” said Jimenez. “We got rid of quite a bit of things but still have a lot to go through downstairs. Ultimately, we’re almost settled in though — this is a wonderful location.”

After having secured the funding for the building, Jimenez said they’re in a great place financially with the upkeep.

“We’re pretty much self-sufficient as far as the building goes,” said Jimenez. “The rent from tenants upstairs helps pay for the payments we have on the place.”

That said, Jimenez stressed they would like to start focusing on bringing in more teachers.

“Some of our teachers, like our Head Teacher Phyllis Massarotti, have to wear a lot of different hats and I’d like to see us bring more teachers on board down the road,” said Jimenez. “There’s also several things like wrestling and other sports we’d like to be able to offer for extracurricular activities for the students here so they have something to do to get them more involved in the school.”

The school has been in operation since 2004 and, since the beginning, HTA has held a Christmas Bazaar holiday fair to give local artisans an outlet to sell their crafts as well as help raise funds for the school.

“We’ll have about 35 booths this year at the Bazaar,” said Jimenez, “with all kinds of different types of jewelry, crafts, and other stuff. The HTA parents, staff and students will be helping to sell concessions. It’s a fundraiser for us but it’s an opportunity for local artisans to sell their work. We have a lot of artists and crafts people.” The popular annual event will be held again this year in the Sebastiani Gym on Animas St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Sherwood Forest Farms will also be bringing fresh evergreen wreaths and garland to sell for the holiday season said Jimenez.

For more information about Holy Trinity Academy, visit their booth at the Bazaar, or visit their website,

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