The Archdiocese of New York has announced a plan to close 27 schools, including Our Lady of Sorrows, an elementary school at 219 Stanton. In November, the Archdiocese came out with a list of schools that were plagued with declining enrollment. Each principal had an opportunity to appeal to a “reconfiguration committee.” But in the end those arguments did not sway Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who spared only four schools. In a statement, the Archdiocese added:
Because there are opportunities for students to receive a ready welcome and to enroll at near-by Catholic schools, student placement counselors will be assigned by district to assist all families affected by school closures, and to help transition students into another Catholic school. Those families facing financial hardship because of a change in school will be able to apply for assistance, and these requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Informational meetings for affected families will be announced in the coming weeks.