For Immediate Release January 20, 2012 Contact: Ana Reyes Henriquez 917-946-8096; Danilo Cruz, 347

-672-8548; Mychal Johnson, 212-810-0562 Parents, Students and Community Leaders Rally at St. Jerome School on MLK Day; Eve of Archdiocese Decision on Whether to Close the 140 Year Old Anchor of Educational Opportunity in the South Bronx What: Press Conference; Rally Who: Parents and Students of St. Jerome School; South Bronx Community Leaders When: Monday, January 21, 12:30 p.m. Where: St. Jerome Catholic School, 230 Alexander Avenue (at 138th Street) Subject: On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the Archdiocese will announce whether St. Jerome Catholic School will be closed in light of overwhelming protest from the predominantly Catholic community in the South Bronx. In December, parents and administrators learned for the first time that the New York Archdiocese had slated the school to be closed in June 2013 unless a remedial plan to raise over $1 million was developed in less than a month. Calls to the Archdiocese for more time, including from Congressman Serrano, State Senator Serrano and Councilwoman Arroyo, have gone unanswered. “The plan to close the schools,” stated Archdiocese schools Superintendent Dr. Timothy J. McNiff, is designed to “improve the fiscal health of the archdiocese.” For more than 140 years, St. Jerome Catholic School has served as a fiscally-solvent educational beacon to tens of thousands of grade school children. Located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, where limited options exist for quality education, this historically landmarked school has traditionally served low income immigrant children, with some families having attended the school across several generations.

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