WE MAY BE CLOSING BUT THE LEGACY OF OUR SCHOOL WILL NEVER DIE. NO ONE CAN EVER TAKE ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL FROM OUR HEARTS.
It is with a very heavy heart that we bring this news to you. This is one of the most difficult things we will ever have to do.
We all know that enrollment and finances have always been a concern of the Archdiocese.
We received a letter from the Archbishop last week stating, “it has been brought to my (Archbishop’s) attention …that your school … will not be able to continue to offer an academic program to children…”
This is not something we were expecting. The letter states, “once it becomes clear that an increase in enrollment cannot be accomplished and the cost of operating a facility can no longer be sustained, the decision becomes clear.”
Yes, the parish owes a large amount of money in past assessments which you are aware of. We as a parish have presented a plan to the Archdiocese on enrollment and fiscal management which the Archdiocese has rejected. The leadership of the school and parish has done everything possible to keep our school.
Looking at demographics and finances, the Archdiocese believes that this area can only sustain two grammar schools. Therefore the Archdiocese has decided to close St. Joseph School & Assumption School in June. Our prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Assumption parish and school.
Thank you for all you have done to maintain St. Joseph School as an educational leader in the community. We ask your continued support to make the ending of this year productive and beneficial to the students and all. Thank you to our teachers and staff who have given so much of themselves to our children. Thank you to the Friars and parish staff for leading us. Thank you to our parish for always being there for us. We ask that you help us to heal together.
We need your cooperation in fundraising and support of our Gala, which will give us an opportunity to celebrate all St. Joseph School means to us, to help us meet the financial needs of teachers’ salaries, benefits and building expenses for the end of the year. Our dedicated staff and children need to know how much we love and support them in this very difficult.
Peace through understanding and education,
Fr. Kevin Daly, OFM
Mrs. Frances Alberta, Principal
“ACT JUSTLY, LOVE TENDERLY, AND WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD”