Bay Area Catholic Schools To Merge By June 2-21-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Bay Area Catholic Schools To Merge By June 2-21-2011

Following the recommendation of the pastors and pastoral administrators of Vicariate 4, Bay City and Essexville, and the Bay Area Catholic Schools Advisory Council, the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, has accepted a recommendation to consolidate Holy Trinity (Bay City), St. James (Bay City), St. John the Evangelist (Essexville) and St. Stanislaus Kostka (Bay City) elementary schools—into three buildings, with the closing of St. Stanislaus School at the conclusion of the 2010-11 school year.
The recent recommendation and approval to consolidate came following a year-long Bay Area Catholic Schools evaluation process which identified that nearly 80 percent of all school families and parishioners supported a consolidation.
“These decisions are not easy to make,” Bishop Cistone said. “They cause sadness and require changes in peoples’ personal lives."
Information collected from parents, school staffs and parishioners further assisted the Bay Area Catholic Schools Advisory Council in determining the most significant factors to use in making a decision about which school building should close.
“It is very important that St. Stanislaus School families know that they will be warmly welcomed and their children well cared for in one of our neighboring Catholic schools,” said Michael Knoff, Bay Area Catholic Schools Administrator. “Our schools share a standard of faith-centered educational excellence; and, while it is difficult to close a school, the consolidation will position BACS to secure its future in the community.”
According to Knoff, there is enough space to accommodate the entire student body of St. Stanislaus at Holy Trinity, St. James and St. John the Evangelist elementary schools. Nearly all St. Stanislaus school faculty and staff will be retained through attrition.
While operating independently, St. Stanislaus School has provided an outstanding Catholic school education for thousands of children during its 100 year history. There are currently 30 preschool students and 43 students in Early 5 thru 5th grade. The total student population of Bay Area Catholic Schools (K-12) is 521.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is home to 22 Catholic schools with nearly 3,500 students.
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