Many of the operating logistics for St. John School in Goshen aren’t worked out yet, but for certain, the school will open its doors to students from Monroe’s Sacred Heart School and Warwick’s St. Stephen-St. Edward School.
An announcement on July 9 from the Archdiocese of New York stated that 20 Catholic schools in New York would not open this school year; however, three schools will merge: Sacred Heart, St. Stephen-St. Edward and St. John. St. John School, located at 77 Murray Avenue, was chosen as the host school.
T.J. McCormack, director of Communications and Public Relations for the Archdiocese of New York, released the following information regarding the status of St. John, a Roman Catholic elementary school serving students from Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight:
It is too early to project the number of students who will attend St. John. (According to the website, the student population at St. John in the past was roughly 152 students; 144 students were enrolled at St. Stephen-St. Edward in 2019-2020; at Sacred Heart, the number was 223 students.)
The number of teachers is uncertain as the “hiring of teachers will be in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement of the teachers’ union.”
Social distancing will be achieved by adhering to the directives of the Catholic Schools Reopening Advisory Council, currently leading the planning process for social distancing by following the advice of experts in the fields of public health and safety, architecture, engineering and education.
“We continue to monitor and follow the guidance and directives of government officials and health experts,” McCormack said.
As for tuition, it “is comparable for all schools involved.” Tuition - $5,975 one child with reduced tuition for more than one child - is set by the Archdiocese.
Transportation from Warwick and Monroe: Students who are within mileage guidelines will be bused from their homes.
For further reference, please go to the following website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/nonpub/handbookonservices/transportation.html
Why was St. John in Goshen chosen as the merger school? According to McCormack, “St. John was chosen as it is geographically well-suited to serve the needs of many of the families involved.”
Catholic schools have been operating in the Archdiocese of New York for more than two centuries. Currently the school district serves more than 60,000 students in 191 schools throughout the counties and boroughs of New York.
The Archdiocese of New York cites the impact of the coronavirus as the reason for school closures and the merger of three schools in Orange County.
Parents from Sacred Heart and St. Stephen-St. Edward have said they are appealing the Archdiocese’s decision.