To the editor:
I am a longtime proponent of Diocesan education. For many years I put my energy and money into Catholic schools. I attended St. Charles Borromeo, as did both of my sons. That is until the seventh and eighth grades were “relocated” just when my second son was about to enter eighth grade. At that time, I was Chairperson of our School Committee, and I took that position seriously. Unfortunately no one in the Diocesan administration felt the same, since I had no part in the decision process and was just as shocked as everyone else when it was announced.
And here we go again. From where the parents sit, it feels like unilateral Diocesan decisions made heartlessly and imposed upon us without recourse. I wish the Diocese would keep us informed of discussions and allow us to offer input. We parents would feel justified in staying loyal to the Diocese and to Catholic education since we would believe our opinions matter. As it is, we are asked for money, resources and volunteer time, and presented with the fa√ßade of partnership, when we’re really just customers whose ideas or complaints fall on deaf ears.
I certainly understand financial crises within our Diocesan Catholic schools. I have never objected to doing what needs to be done to ensure the long-term health and viability of Catholic education. But please do not make these decisions in a vacuum. Do not ask for our partnership and then impose edicts upon us.
My 4-year-old will soon need a kindergarten, and we’ll probably choose Nazareth for her. I just can’t risk committing to a cause only to have my heart broken again, nor do I want my daughter subjected to upheaval. Believe me, if someone like me is not opting to continue with Diocesan education, the Diocese has problems much more serious than financial ones with which to cope.