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Saint Augustine School Closing In June

Archdiocese of New York notifies Saint Augustine officials that its doors will close at the end of the school year

 

Saint Augustine School learned today that from the Archdiocese of New York that it will close at the end of the school year. Those involved with the effort to keep the school open reacted strongly to the news.

“This news is devastating and extremely disappointing for our school, our Parish and the entire community,” Step Up For SAS Chairperson Bethann Rooney said. “The students, parents and faculty are heartbroken.” 

Rooney went on to say, “The Archdiocese invited us to play a game, but set all of the rules so that we never had a chance of winning.  They are harvesting our students to feed and sustain other Catholic schools in Rockland County.”

Step Up For SAS presented a proposal to the Saint Dominic Catholic School Region of Rockland that specified how Saint Augustine School planned to achieve financial self-sustainability that did not require financial support from the Parish or Archdiocese.  When the Archdiocese announced the list of “at risk” schools on November 26, Saint Augustine also learned it would need to raise $1.245 million. The school exceeded that amount by $855,000 through fundraising, revenue enhancements and expense reductions.

School officials have already stated Saint Augustine meets or exceeds the objectives of the Archdiocese’s multi-year strategic plan.

Principal Katharine Murphy expressed sadness about the news, “Saint Augustine School exemplifies everything the Archdiocese wants for their schools.  We are the educational beacon they should be navigating toward not away from.”

johndough January 25, 2013 at 05:50 PM
In case anyone reading these posts is still crazy enough to consider donating to the Cardinal's Appeal...you might want to read this article first: http://www.economist.com/node/21560536
Mary Ann Casey January 26, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Joe s. I do not know where you got your information from, but you are misinformed. My three children graduated from St. Augustine, and we are in the East Ramapo School District, as are many families. I was the secretary of the school for 24 years, and I can tell you for a fact that it is not an "uppity" school nor are the families wealthy. Families sacrifice to send their children to St. Augustine for their Catholic faith, values, and quality education. Over the years many non-catholics students have graduated from the school. No special treatment was given to students, every one worked hard. Teachers are not paid high salaries, even though they have the highest credentials. They are dedicated men and women who have chosen to work in a Catholic school. Over the years I have seen Principals and teachers go above and beyond to help students and families that have needed help. As for teachers not paying tuition, that is totally untrue. Everyone pays tuition. Children going to this school become a family. They have made special friendships that will carry over into high school, college, etc. Former students have even returned to enroll their children into St. Augustines's because of their memories and the great education they received. It is very heartbreaking that this is happening. The closing of St. Augustine School is a tremendous loss to the families, students, Principal, teachers, and the community Please get your facts straight and show some COMPASSION.
Debbie February 07, 2013 at 05:38 PM
So sad. I went to catechism there when the public school bused us. Was baptized in the Church. You really cannot go home again
Miffed Catholic School Parent February 19, 2013 at 04:46 PM
We just got our Cardinal Appeal on Sunday (St Casimir's in Yonkers, also slated to close). We've spent the last few weeks trying to get an appointment with the Archdiocese but they've turned a deaf ear. We were only required to come up with $140,000 a year. We came up with double that through a modest increase in tuition of $800. Now with the school closing, we have to pay $1,600 more if we send our kids to another school. Since the Archdiocese has chosen to turn a deaf ear to us, we will do the same. The envelope will be returned empty. At least we are supporting the Post Office. So much for "Do unto others..."
Rene Castaldo March 04, 2013 at 09:21 PM
THE CLOSING OF ST AUGUSTINE IS A DISGRACE AND BLACK MARK ON THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE. AS A PARENT WHO SENT HER CHILDREN TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FOR12 YEARS AND WAS PREPARED TO PAY THE TUITION FOR HER TWO GRANDSONS SO THEY TOO COULD BENEFIT FROM A CATHOLIC EDUCATION(SINCE THE PARENTS COULD NOT AFFORD IT) I AM VERY UPSET WITH THE ARCHDIOCESE TO SAY THE LEAST. THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM WAS UNIQUE AND SUCCESSFUL IN SUSTAINING THE CATHOLIC FAITH.

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