Local Boards and Reconfiguration Committees Make Preliminary Determinations of Final“At-Risk” Catholic Schools in The Archdiocese of New York

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Archdiocese_RomanCatholicArchdioceseofNewYork.svgNEW
YORK, NYNovember 16, 2012
 Local Boards for the three pilot regions and
ad hoc Reconfiguration Committees for the six non-pilot regions, comprised of
laity and clergy in parishes across the Archdiocese of New York, have completed
their preliminary evaluations of the current status and long-term viability of
the regionalized elementary schools in their respective regions.

The
emphasis placed on this local decision-making process was outlined in Pathways
to Excellence
, the strategic plan for Catholic schools published in October
2010 and developed to assure a vibrant future for Catholic education. 
Under that plan, most parish elementary schools will align into geographic
regions governed by Boards. 

Dr.
Timothy J. McNiff, Superintendent of Schools, said, “This regionalization
initiative reflects the great progress we have made in the multi-year
implementation of Pathways to Excellence,  and aims to both
stabilize and grow the number of Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of New
York, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the need for future school
closures.”

Dr.
McNiff continued, “At its inception, Pathways to Excellence raised the
standards of academic excellence in all areas while also working to secure
additional funding through a variety of sources to help ensure a robust future
for Catholic education across the archdiocese.  Today’s regionalization
process builds on the actions taken two years ago to improve the fiscal health
of the Archdiocese of New York and will help ensure that all our schools will
remain financially stable and, more importantly, open to all students.”

Local
Regional Boards and Reconfiguration Committees in every county in the
archdiocese began their careful analysis of each school region this fall. 
This review includes all relevant data, including enrollment, financial,
academic and local demographics, and ensures their decisions will result in
financially healthy schools.  The long-term goal of regionalization is to
maintain sustainable, excellent local school options for families wishing a
Catholic education. 

Based
on this review, the Boards and Reconfiguration Committees have determined that
26 out of 159 regionalized, parish and archdiocesan elementary schools are
at-risk of closure in June 2013.  The number of students at these
elementary schools is 5,053 out of  50,045 currently enrolled in Catholic
elementary schools in the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island,
and Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, Orange, Dutchess and Ulster
counties. Enrollment data is as of October 1, 2012.

The
elementary schools notified that they are at-risk are: 

Central
Westchester:

Holy
Name of Jesus, Valhalla

Our
Lady of Fatima, Scarsdale

St.
Casimir, Yonkers

Northern
Westchester/Putnam:

Our
Lady of the Assumption, Peekskill

St.
Theresa, Briarcliff Manor

Dutchess:

Regina
Coeli, Hyde Park

St.
Joseph, Millbrook

Rockland:

St.
Augustine, New City

St.
Peter, Haverstraw

Ulster,
Orange, Sullivan:

Sacred
Heart, Newburgh

St.
Joseph, Kingston

St.
Mary of the Snow, Saugerties

The
catastrophic effects of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island have led the Regional
Board of Trustees and the Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the
Archdiocese of New York to engage local pastors, principals, administrators and
elected officials in ongoing, in-depth discussions regarding how to best serve
the needs of school families on Staten Island.  These consultations are
continuing as the impact of the storm on school communities is assessed, and no
announcement about Catholic elementary schools on Staten Island will be made
until after the New Year.

In
addition to the elementary schools, the Office of the Superintendent of
Schools, after consultation with school leadership, has determined that St.
Agnes Boys High School in Manhattan is also "at-risk" of closure in
June 2013. The number of affected secondary school students affected is 217,
out of 24,830 currently enrolled across the archdiocese.

In
the next step of this process, pastors and principals of the at-risk elementary
schools will be invited to meet with members of the local Board or
Reconfiguration Committee in their region to discuss the combination of factors
that led the school to be selected and review next steps.  These pastors
and principals will be given the opportunity to share insights that may be
relevant in the review process. The final decisions by the local Boards and
Reconfiguration Committees will be made in January 2013, in consultation with
the Archdiocese of New York.

“I
want to express my deep appreciation to the laity and clergy serving on the
local Regional Boards and ad hoc Reconfiguration Committees,” said Dr. Timothy
J. McNiff, Superintendent of Schools.  “These are difficult, but
necessary, decisions and, working together, we will ensure that our Catholic
elementary schools are stronger than ever.” 

 

 

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Comments 2

  1. My heart goes out to all of the families, students, faculty that are involved with an “At Risk” school. Our school was taken from us in the last round of closings. They say time heals all wounds, but they never let you know that you will always have a scar… Please stay strong for your children, they are the ones who are truly affected…Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult period.

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