Archdiocese Announces Closure of St. James & Joseph School

The New York Archdiocese yesterday announced the closures of 24 schools, including the St. James & Joseph Elementary School at 1 Monroe Street.   The decisions are part of a consolidation plan put in place three years ago.  The Archdiocese says the schools just weren’t making it financially.

Earlier this month, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel Squadron sent a letter to Superintendent Timothy McNiff urging the Archdiocese to “explore all possible options to keep (the school) open or at least offer families a comparable choice for their children.”

The school will shut its doors this summer. In a statement released yesterday, the Archdiocese outlined the plan for displaced students:

Affected families will be welcomed in neighboring Catholic schools, and every effort will be made to assist those who are facing financial challenges making the transition. Student Placement Counselors will work with Regional Superintendents to help school families transition into another Catholic school for the 2013-2014 school year. Informational meetings for affected families will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Elected Officials Urge Archdiocese to Keep St. James & Joseph School Open

Shortly after Thanksgiving, the New York Archdiocese released a list of 26 schools “at risk” of closing at the end of this year. Included on that list was St. James & Joseph Elementary School at 1 Monroe Street.  This afternoon, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel Squadron are out with a plea to keep the school open.

In a letter to Timothy McNiff, superintendent of the Archdiocese’s schools, they wrote, “we ask that you please explore all possible options to keep (the school) open or at least offer families a comaprable choice for their children.”  They noted that two years ago St. James School faced closure and, at that time, the Archdicese merged it with St. Joseph.

In the past couple of months, schools on the “at risk” list have been given the opportunity to present evidence in favor of keeping their campuses open. The Archdicese is expected to make final decisions this month.