March 19, 2012
THERE IS no good time for the closure of an elementary school that is safe and provides a quality education to our children, but in Philadelphia there could be no worse time for schools of choice to close. The School Reform Commission appears rudderless, and the tumult is likely to continue as the search begins for a new superintendent. Charter schools are operating at capacity; many have long waiting lists. The neighborhood parish schools slated to be closed at their current locations include St. Bridget School, in East Falls; Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Sacred Heart of Jesus, in South Philadelphia (which wants to merge at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel location)
February 9, 2010 |
St. John Bosco Catholic elementary school in Hatboro will close in June as a result of declining enrollment, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday. The Rev. Martin T. Cioppi, pastor, informed parents and parishioners during weekend Masses that Cardinal Justin Rigali had accepted a parish committee's recommendation to close the school. Enrollment had dropped more than 30 percent since 2003-04, from 222 students to 152 this academic year. The school at 215 E. County Line Rd. is on the border of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
June 8, 2011 |
Parents whose children attend two Catholic elementary schools in Delaware County were told Tuesday night that the schools would close because of declining enrollment. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that Our Lady of Charity parish school in Brookhaven and St. Philomena parish school in Lansdowne would be shuttered at the end of the academic year. At Our Lady of Charity, which has 176 students, just 89 students had registered for the fall. Only 88 students had signed up for St. Philomena, which now has 141. With such low numbers, the average class would have had 10 or fewer students, officials said.
September 3, 1990 |
This could be the year that parish schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia end an era of declining enrollment caused by a drop in the birthrates, population shifts and rising tuition. When schools open Wednesday throughout the five-county archdiocese, officials expect about the same number of students to enter the 235 parish elementary schools as left in June. This modest improvement after years of decline is cause for hope. Total enrollment in local Catholic schools dropped from 138,595 in 1985 to 125,135 in the school year that ended in June - a 9.7 percent decline.
December 31, 2012 |
Janet Dollard was a few months into her first year as president of Conwell-Egan High School in Fairless Hills when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced in January it planned to close the school as part of a broad restructuring of Catholic education. Ultimately, Conwell-Egan and three other endangered high schools were saved, a foundation was established to manage them, and Dollard's school now has one of its largest freshman classes in years. "It was a whirlwind, really," Dollard recalled in a recent interview.
May 1, 1989 |
Frustrated by roadblocks they have faced in their quest for union representation, Catholic lay elementary teachers yesterday protested across the street from the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. As the 11 a.m. Mass was beginning, about 70 teachers, supporters and representatives from other area unions draped white placards around their necks and hoisted picket signs for a 60-minute march along the sidewalk that culminated with a brief rally. "We have gone through channels," Regina Housel, a teacher from St. Martha's School in the Northeast, told the group.
February 5, 1999 |
Low-income families in the Pennsylvania suburbs and New Jersey will now be eligible to apply for private-school tuition grants being offered by the Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF) of New York. The CSF announced this week that it had acquired the money to expand its tuition offer to any low-income family anywhere in the country. In April, the CSF will award 40,000 four-year partial-tuition scholarships for children entering kindergarten through the eighth grade, spokesmen said.
May 5, 1988 |
Helene Meier knew where to turn when she saw the notice in her apartment building that described a dying child in England who was trying to collect enough postcards to find immortality in the Guinness Book of World Records. She knew her sixth graders at St. Elizabeth's parish school at 23d and Berks Streets would jump at the chance to write postcards to a leukemia victim named David at an elementary school north of London. The principal, Sister Denise Ware, decided to get the whole school involved with the project.
November 12, 1995 |
Five years ago, St. Andrew's Catholic elementary school in Newtown was a one-story brick structure with just eight classrooms and 255 children. This year, the Bucks County parochial school has a $4.5 million, three- story building of rose-colored stone with 27 classrooms, a large gymnasium, a cafeteria, science and computer rooms, and a library. Nearly 800 children from preschool through eighth grade are enrolled there - a figure that, officials say, will likely jump to 900 come September.