Broome County Catholic schools plan for future

In meetings with pastors, faculty and staff, and in a letter mailed to parents, Christopher Mominey, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, shared the results of over two years of work by the Catholic School Community of Broome County in which they worked to develop a plan to ensure a sustainable future for Catholic education in the southern tier. The results of the study are as follows:

For the 2010-2011 school year the Catholic schools in Endicott — St. Joseph and Our Lady of Sorrows-Seton — will combine their operations at the current OLS-Seton campus. The school reconfiguration will remain a PK-8 model for next year.

For the 2011-2012 school year the Broome County Catholic schools will combine all middle school operations at Seton Catholic Central High School with all 7th and 8th grade students being housed at that site.

For the 2011-2012 school year the Broome County Catholic schools will combine the PK-6 school operations at three sites: St. John the Evangelist, St. James and the OLS-Seton campus. St. Thomas School will merge with St. James School.

In addition, the Broome County Catholic schools are charged with the task of studying further the possibilities that are ahead including a more unified Catholic school system. It is expected that special attention be paid to unified academic alignment, curricular programs, athletic activities, tuition structures and the possibility of a unified campus.

Additionally, two personnel appointments were announced in light of these changes. Effective July 1, 2010, JoAnne Rowan, current principal of OLS-Seton campus, will serve as the assistant superintendent of Broome County Catholic schools, a position that has been vacant for over a year. Angela Tierno, current principal of St. Joseph School in Endicott has been appointed principal of the OLS-Seton campus, effective July 1, 2010.

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