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Talk Back Poll: Catholic School Concern

Difficult economic conditions have caused several Catholic schools to close, but how does it affect you?

If you send your kids to Catholic school on Long Island then you probably already know that the Diocese of Rockville Centre is after the 2011-12 school year ends in June.

The slated to close are:

  • Sacred Heart School (North Merrick)
  • St. John Baptist de La Salle Regional School (Farmingdale)
  • St. Catherine of Sienna School (Franklin Square)
  • St. Ignatius Loyola School (Hicksville)
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  • (Sayville)

Along with the six schools set to close their doors, the also named five other that will go on a strengthening program (Strategic Plan) as per the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Catholic Education.

According to Sean Dolan, director of communications for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the plan put into place this week would address "what we have today and what we need in the future.”

But a dwindling economy and what Murphy referred to as "changing demographics" have left of Catholic school students frustrated and upset.

dac December 10, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Kevin, I was specifically talking about Our Lady of Lourdes in West Islip. The academics there are very bad. The fact that they had a graduating class at 83% not meeting standards in Math is scary. So many parents this year and last year had to get tutors for their kids at St. John's and St. Anthony's. I wish I had known this a couple of years ago. The school and the Diocese do not advertise these test scores for obvious reasons. You need to e mail the State Department of Education and request the Catholic School results. They are not posted like the public schools are. They no longer publish them in Newsday either, I wonder why that is? Not all Catholic grammar schools are like Our Lady of Lourdes, some are making the grade and offering Math and Science regents exams. If your school is closing, make sure you do your research before choosing another Catholic school.
J A llen December 10, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Jimbo: Many years ago, I attended two Catholic grammar schools in Phila. A few years ago I tried to contact them to see what was their current status only to find out that both of them were close. These stories only brought back the feeling of being orphaned. My roots were destroyed and now I can feel for what the kids are going thru.
Kevin December 10, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Dac Now I understand, just like the public school system some are good and some are bad. Just do not want the entire Catholic school system to be painted with the same bad brush. It's still a shame to see them go.
greatsouthbay December 11, 2011 at 01:23 AM
This whole situation is a darn shame, when my children were in school, the standards were so high. How did we get to this point?
Elisabeth McGuire December 11, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Unfortunately, the same difficult conversations about closings/consolidations are clearly being had within the public school system. It is indeed a shame. Meryl Ain's blogs right here on Patch are quite insightful and informative.

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