Decisions to close several diocesan Catholic elementary and middle schools — and to reduce tuition for the remaining schools in Monroe County — do not affect Catholic schools in Livingston County, the Finger Lakes or Southern Tier regions of the diocese.
Due to their geographic dispersion, these 15 schools historically have operated under direct management of their local parishes.
Although no closings currently are planned for these areas, diocesan spokesman Doug Mandelaro acknowledged that two of the schools — Holy Family in Dansville (Livingston County) and St. Patrick in Owego (Tioga County) — are at risk.
As previously reported in the Catholic Courier, Holy Family nearly closed in August of 2007.
Noting that the bishop did not wish “to usurp the parishes’ roles,” Mandelaro said Bishop Clark has asked the pastors in these two communities, Fathers Stephen Karani and William Moorby, respectively, to make recommendations about the schools’ futures. Mandelaro said the bishop hopes to receive those recommendations before the 2008-09 registration process begins in February.