If you send your kids to Catholic school on Long Island then you probably already know that the Diocese of Rockville Centre is after the 2011-12 school year.
The six schools slated to close are:
- Sacred Heart School (North Merrick)
- St. John Baptist de La Salle Regional School (Farmingdale)
- St. Catherine of Sienna School (Franklin Square)
- St. Ignatius Loyola School (Hicksville)
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (Lindenhurst)
- Prince of Peace Regional School (Sayville)
Along with the six schools set to close their doors, the Diocese also named five other schools that will go on a strengthening program as per the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Catholic Education.
According to Sean Dolan, director of communications for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the plan put into place this week would address "what we have today and what we need in the future.” But a dwindling economy and what Murphy referred to as "changing demographics" have left of Catholic school students frustrated.
In a , Msgr. Flynn, the pastor of St. Kilian parish, which oversees St. John Baptist de La Salle Regional School, referred to his school's closing as "a death and we have to go through the stages of grief."