Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., has accepted the recommendation of the Office of Catholic Schools, in conjunction with the pastor of Assumption Parish, Rev. Robert Lanterman, that Assumption School close at the end of the current school year.
Declining enrollment is cited as the primary reason for the closure. Between the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school year, the school dropped enrollment by 33 percent. The latest effort agreed upon last summer to strengthen the school by focusing on grades pre-kindergarten through grade 3 yielded uneven results, with 13 students in pre-k, 21 in kindergarten, seven in grade one, and a combined total of five students in grades two and three.
Acting Superintendent of Schools, Mary Fiala, said that despite marketing and community efforts to reverse the loss of enrollment, the reality is that the school cannot remain financially viable.
Lanterman said that “while he regrets that Assumption School needs to close, he is hopeful that the families in Geneva will strongly consider the opportunity to continue the Catholic education of their children at St. John School in Ashtabula.”
St. John School was scheduled to host a parent information night for Assumption parents on Feb. 19. Families are also encouraged to call St. John’s to set up an individual appointment and tour at another time by calling 440-997-5831. For information contact Fiala at 330-744-8451.
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