Archdiocese Hopes to Retain Assumption Students if School Closes

Our Lady of the Assumption School in Peekskill currently has an enrollment of 200 students. Officials from the Archdiocese of New York said they hoped to keep all of those students enrolled in nearby Catholic schools in the Assumption School closes.

Officials from the Archdiocese of New York believe that they will be able to transfer all of the students enrolled at Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary School in Peekskill if a decision is made to close the school next year.

The last time the Archdiocese of New York decided to reconfigure its schools in 2010-2011, it managed to relocate 64 percent of its student to another school.

If that number holds true this time around, that means about 130 of the 200 students currently enrolled at Our Lady of the Assumption can be expected to continue their Catholic school education elsewhere if a decision is made to close the school in January.

“Every student is precious to us,” said Fran Davies, associate superintendent for communications and marketing at the Archdiocese. “Our goal is to retain as many students as possible and we’d like to be able to retain as many students as possible. We’re really are going to approach this on family by family basis. We’re going to try and to find the fit that’s best for them.”

Assumption is one of 26 out of 129 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York that are listed as being at  risk of closing in June 2013.

The list was compiled after a study conducted by Local Regional Boards and Reconfiguration Committees in every county in the archdiocese began their careful analysis of each of its schools this fall.

Enrollment, financial, academic and local demographics were factored into the study. Davies declined to give the data used to determine the Assumption school’s status.

The school has an enrollment of 200 students this year, according to the latest figures provided the Archdiocese.  About 53 percent of the student body is Hispanic, 9 percent white, 7 percent Asian and 4 percent black, according to information recorded by the National Center on Education Statistics in 2009-2010.

“It was a complex process,” Davies said. “We looked at all of these different aspects and offered the schools the opportunity to present other data they fell may have been overlooked.”

A final decision on whether or not to close Assumption School will be made in January.

Never Mind December 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
No. Catholic schools around here charge $350-400/month if you ARE a parishioner. Out of Parish tuition is much higher. Maybe the parents won't BE ABLE to pay the tuition as the tuition in the other schools are higher than Assumption. And no I am not one of the "scholarship" parents who doesn't pay tuition. I pay full tuition and struggle to do it. Let's not also forget to mention that the parents who pay FULL tuition to Catholic school also pay school taxes to the city of Peekskill and get nothing for their children. Didn't like the "FREE" comment. You're suggesting we wouldn't want to pay to go to the other Catholic schools which is not right. It's as if we want to freeload now because the school may close. I own a home here I pay taxes here. My children can go to public school here if I chose to. If the school district has to accommodate 100 more children too bad. Let them figure it out. I've lived here all my life and don't remember a school budget EVER getting turned down.
Collegenurse December 04, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Sending your child to a parochial school is a choice, and yes nevermind you still pay taxes in the town/city you reside in. I have no children in this school system brought them up in another area with a "good" school system and still sent them to a catholic highschool. I moved here knowing the reputation of the Peekskill school system and although not a problem yet I worry about when I am ready to retire and sell. Losing another parochial school is just a sign of the times we are in and the burden of supporting such institutions its sad but a reality...churches are next.
PByers December 04, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Re: Nevermind Apologies. Clearly you've missed the subtlety of the comment. It was not directed at you, or any other taxpayer already ponying up for the local schools while also paying for parochial in this Recession, especially due to the conditions and ranking of our public school system. Rather, it was for a good deal of the local community who saw the opportunity for a free parochial education, and took it.
joshua tanner December 05, 2012 at 02:15 AM
City population has increased a lot. The Assumption Church masses are full of and the school has students. The problem is nobody wants to pay (and they have the money). Peekskill is mostly a city of takers to one degree or another and that's why the school budget never fails. Most of the voters don't feel the financial hit. The district tells parent to vote "yes" for "the children" and that's that. 49.1% of PHS qualifies for either reduced or free lunch. Think that kind of base will vote against a budget? Woodside only went over 500 students once in last 20 years and that was just by a few in 2000. In the last 2 years enrollment has close to 700 - all due to increase in Hispanic immigrants (almost 500 of the 700) - same group dominating Assumption. This group is almost totally oriented toward getting as much for "free' as they can. See the SUVs they get out of at school and the health center on Main. Peekskill has become a mini-California with a population that wil never seek to limit the ways to break the bank
Linda carullo January 23, 2013 at 07:36 PM
How very sad this is. When my 5 brothers and sister attended Assumption in the 1950's and 60's there were 50 students in each class. Which equals 100 per grade level. Our parents sacrificed to put us there. It was the best foundation we could have hoped for.....how very sad that enrollment has gone down so much and it is no longer viable to stay open.....


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