Monday's NY Times reports that the Brooklyn Catholic Archiocese may close up to 14 schools , including Our Lady of Angels and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.No final decisions will be made until February, but these two elementary schools could close this June.
Closing these schools would be a devastating blow to what's left of Catholic life in Brooklyn.
I'm one of the few who attended both schools - I went to first and second grade at OLPH, third through eighth at OLA, bedeviling the nuns and brothers at both places.
It wasn't so long ago that these churches and their schools were mighty fortresses. They did an awful lot of good. They still do a lot of good. And I hope a way is found to keep them open.
from a release by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn:
It is proposed that 11 schools in the Diocese close at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year:
Flatbush Catholic Academy (Bk), St. Vincent Ferrer (Bk), Most Precious Blood (Bk), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Bk), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bk), Our Lady of Angels (Bk), St. Anthony of Padua (Qns), St. Benedict Joseph Labre (Qns), St. Catherine of Sienna (Qns), St. Aloysius (Qns) and Blessed Sacrament (Qns).
It is proposed that nine schools merge and three new schools be created. In the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn, it is proposed that Immaculate Heart of Mary (Bk) and Holy Name (Bk) merge and form one school with a single campus to be located at Prospect Park West. In Flushing, it is recommended that three schools, St. Michael, St Ann, Mary’s Nativity merge to form one school with one campus. The school will be located at the St. Mary Nativity site. The four Williamsburg schools are recommended to merge in 2010-2011. The number of sites is to be determined by the Board of Directors following the merger next year. These schools are Northside Academy, St. Stanislaus Kostka Ss. Joseph and Dominic Academy, St. Nicholas.
It is proposed that the five schools close and reopen at the same site as an Academy. If these schools do not reopen as Academies they will be recommended for closure at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. These schools will adopt a two-tier governance model and be required to meet. Schools in this category are Mary, Gate of Heaven (Qns) 2009-2010, Our Lady of Grace (Qns) 2009-2010, St. Anastasia (Qns) 2009-2010, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Qns) 2009-2010.
A special task force has been created to explore the creation of a new academy at St. John the Baptist, (Bk).