To the editor:
Yesterday I had occasion to be in Catherine McCauley (formerly St. Charles) School and as I left the building and walked across the parking lot, I noticed a piece of a puzzle lying there on the ground. I thought, “Now don’t get all literary and dramatic about the closing of this school and this lost puzzle piece.” Ignoring my own advice, here I go.
I just don’t understand these school closings. Yes, I have a long history of attending Catholic schools myself and of sending my kids to them. Yes, we parents are heartbroken and up-in-arms as we watch our schools close. We all work so hard to support them and stay involved in our kids’ education on a daily basis and this is how it ends. It’s the same song that’s been sung over and over for the last several years as our diocese makes decisions we don’t understand or support.
So here’s the missing piece: How is (the diocese) supporting and standing behind policies that we, the parents, don’t understand and cannot support? My husband and I run a household and we understand balancing budgets and hard realities of making ends meet. Yet, haphazard combining of schools, randomly changing names of schools, large scale school closings, etc. There have been better ways all along and there still are better ways of coping with declining enrollments and rising costs. There certainly could be ways of dealing with this entire situation with infinitely more sensitivity that what’s been shown by the Diocese in the last few months.
I can’t solve the puzzle since I can’t find that missing piece. I pray to accept and generate new energy and move on. I really think it’s going to be a tough road ahead for us all since, at least for myself, trust in Diocesan leadership is lacking. So I’ll trust in God and hope for the best, and may God bless all of our displaced students and teachers this day.