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Carbondale News - Carbondale, PA
  • Bishop plans for future of Diocese schools

  • Bishop Joseph C. Bambera met with Catholic school faculty, administrators and parents on Thursday, Jan. 20, to present a plan to continue to make Scranton Diocese education “sustainable...spiritually sound and academically excellent.”


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  • Bishop Joseph C. Bambera met with Catholic school faculty, administrators and parents on Thursday, Jan. 20, to present a plan to continue to make Scranton Diocese education “sustainable...spiritually sound and academically excellent.”
    The plan’s components included the creation of a three-year tuition rate schedule, retaining and increasing enrollement, and developing community support and funding opportunities.
    “I have heard loud and clear from you about...whether or not we will have a Catholic school system,” the Bishopp told his constituents.  “I need to respond to your concerns now.”
    The Diocese consists of the Holy Cross and Holy Redeemer school systems.  Sacred Heart Elementary School in Carbondale is part of the Holy Cross system, made up of one high school and nine elementary schools.
    When the NEWS asked Mrs. Ellen Murphy, principal of Sacred Heart, how she felt about the school’s future, she responded, “We are both spiritually sound and academically excellent.  And we also have a lot of support in the community.”
    This school year, student enrollment at the school is at 196, with Pre-school 4 having the largest number of students (24), followed by 7th grade (19) and 8th grade (17), and there are 15 faculty members. Transportation is provided at Sacred Heart each morning to for students in the community beyond the 8th grade who go Holy Cross High School in Dunmore.
    “Our numbers have been good,” Mrs. Murphy added.  “Our school is strong, our academic programs and technology are updated yearly, and our school building is in excellent condition.”
    January 30 begins “Catholic School Week,” when a number of student/parent activities are planned to draw attention to Catholic education and the quality of Sacred Heart.  It is also registration week for the 2011-12 school year.
    Bishop Bambera said a plan for the future of education in the Diocese will be unveiled by April 15, in part based on registration numbers for the next school year.   
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