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Catholic school closures NYC: Archdiocese NY 11 26 12-En

Catholic school closures NYC: Archdiocese NY 11 26 12-En

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From: ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORKContact: Joseph Zwilling 646-794-2997Fran Davies 646-794-2889 (office); (914) 413-3419 (cell)
LOCAL BOARDS AND RECONFIGURATION COMMITTEESMAKE PRELIMINARY DETERMINAT
IONS OF FINAL“AT
-
RISK”
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK
(New York, November 26, 2012)
Local Boards for the three pilot regions and ad hoc ReconfigurationCommittees 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 theregionalized elementary schools in their respective regions.The emphasis placed on this local decision-making process was outlined in
Pathways to Excellence
, thestrategic plan for Catholic schools published in October 2010 and developed to assure a vibrant future forCatholic education. Under that plan, most parish elementary schools will align into geographic regionsgoverned by Boards.Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, Superintendent of Schools, said,
“This regionalization initiative
reflects the greatprogress we have made in the multi-year implementation of 
Pathways to Excellence,
and aims to bothstabilize and grow the number of Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of New York, with the ultimategoal of eliminating the need for future school closures.
 
Dr. McNiff continued, “
At its inception,
Pathways to Excellence
raised the standards of academic excellencein all areas while also working to secure additional funding through a variety of sources to help ensure arobust future for Catholic education across the archdiocese. T
oday’s
regionalization process builds on theactions taken two years ago to improve the fiscal health of the Archdiocese of New York and will helpensure 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 theircareful 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 healthyschools. The long-term goal of regionalization is to maintain sustainable, excellent local school options forfamilies wishing a Catholic education.Based on this review, the Boards and Reconfiguration Committees have determined that 26 out of 159regionalized, 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 schoolsin 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.
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