Updated 01/23/2013 04:59 PM
Archdiocese to close 22 schools, St. Joseph's in Kingston remains hopeful
Twenty-two Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York have been told their doors will be closing this June. But St. Joseph's in Kingston says it's not throwing in the towel just yet. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the school's plan to stay open.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- The St. Joseph’s School community is holding their heads up high following the Archdioceses announcement to close school. The school is one of two in Ulster County recommended for closure. The other school is St. Mary of the Snow in Saugerties.
“They feel we should close, then we feel our best route is to be an independent Catholic school,” said St. Joseph’s School Finance Committee Chairperson Paul DeLisio.
DeLisio says with their school's enrollment expected to reach 250 students this fall, a solid million dollar budget and advancing academic programs, they’re going to do their best to remain in operation.
In order for this to happen, Cardinal Timothy Dolan would have to give the school permission to run as a Catholic facility. If they don’t get approval, officials say they'll run as a regular private school. The difficulty with that is whether the Archdioceses would then allow them to use their current facility, but all within the school community remain optimistic everything will fall into place.
“We have tremendous support to continue and community wise, St. Joseph’s School is a tremendous piece of the uptown operation,” said DeLisio.
As the school just celebrated 100 years in the Kingston community, local residents and city officials rally behind the school, as the Archdiocese sights money shortages as the reason for the closures.
“We’ve never gotten any support from the Archdiocese, so we’re very surprised that they would think we need to close since we haven’t been a drain on them in the past, but that doesn’t interfere with our determination to move on,” said DeLisio.
Folks within the Catholic community will be celebrating Catholic School Week next week. DeLisio says St. Joseph's is open for families to come in and tour the school Monday through Friday.