Sister Elizabeth Meegan, OP, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Rochester, has announced the appointment of three principals to oversee three newly merged diocesan schools in Monroe County.
The diocese announced Nov. 12 that it would in June close four buildings currently operating at less than 50-percent capacity: St. John the Evangelist in Greece will merge with St. Charles Borromeo at the St. Charles site; St. John the Evangelist (Humboldt Street) will merge with St. Ambrose at the St. Ambrose site; Sacred Heart will merge with Holy Rosary at Holy Rosary; and St. Helen’s in Gates will close.
The appointments for the merged schools are:
* Marie Arcuri, currently serving as principal of Good Shepherd School in Henrietta, will become principal of the school merging St. Ambrose and St. John the Evangelist (Humboldt Street). Arcuri has been principal of Good Shepherd for nine years. Prior to taking that position, she held teaching posts at St. Charles Borromeo, Our Lady of Lourdes in Brighton and St. John the Evangelist.
* Kathleen Dougherty, currently principal of Holy Rosary, will become principal of the school merging Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart. Prior to becoming principal at Holy Rosary last summer, she served as assistant principal at All Saints Catholic Academy in Gates. Prior to her All Saints position, she held teaching posts at Sacred Heart and at St. Theodore’s in Gates.
* Angela Fortunato, currently principal of St. John the Evangelist (Humboldt Street), will become principal of the school merging St. John the Evangelist in Greece and St. Charles Borromeo. Prior to taking her current position, Fortunato held teaching posts at St. Salome’s and St. Cecilia’s in Irondequoit, and at St. Andrew’s and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Rochester.
“Each of the individuals selected to lead our new schools possesses the experience and skills sets necessary to deal with relatively unique situations,” Sister Meegan said. “Their strength as educational leaders will be a great benefit to the students, families and staff they will serve.”