Catholic Schools Office announces changes to school structure on Cape


BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — In a statement released March 6, Stephen Perla, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Fall River, announced changes to the school structure on Cape Cod.

“The Diocese of Fall River is committed to advancing the mission of Catholic school education on Cape Cod,” Perla wrote. “To strengthen the mission, we are reshaping the schools’ alignment and further investing in Catholic school education. As a result, we will see a vital, robust Catholic school program emerge that will benefit families for many years to come.

“Prior to discussing the new Catholic school vision, I want to first advise you of a recent leadership change. Joyce Allison-Saucier has resigned as principal of St. Margaret Regional School.

“I would like to thank Mrs. Allison-Saucier for her 24 years’ of service to the St. Margaret Regional School community as a teacher and principal. We are deeply grateful to her for her commitment to the students and families of St. Margaret Regional School during these many years.

“Dr. George Milot, former Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fall River, has been appointed interim principal of St. Margaret Regional School. Dr. Milot has more than 36 years of service in Catholic school education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. I look forward to working with Dr. Milot during this vital transition period for the school community.

“As of July 1, 2018, St. Margaret Regional School will become part of St. John Paul II High School. Enrolled at St. Margaret Regional School will be Pre-K through fourth grade students. Enrolled at St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School will be grades five through eight. Enrolled at St. John Paul II High School will be grades nine through 12. Providing leadership to all three school-campuses will be Mr. Chris Keavy, Head of School at St. John Paul II High School. Each campus will have its own principal.

“Recognizing that this new plan has implications for St. Margaret Regional School students and families, we have taken steps to mitigate tuition, transportation, and educational concerns. Also, we are committed to ensuring that St. Margaret Regional School provides the best Pre-K through fourth grade educational program.

“I ask for your prayers for the St. Margaret Regional School Community and for all those impacted during this time of transition,” Perla wrote.

Perla met with faculty and staff to inform them of the reorganization. Parents and families were notified by email and also invited to attend a parents’ meeting at St. Margaret Regional School on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m., with school officials.

Recognizing that this new plan has implications for St. Margaret Regional School students and families, the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office has taken steps to mitigate tuition, transportation, and educational concerns. Details regarding the implementation of this reorganization and the support that will be provided to families will be given at the parent meeting and in ongoing written communication.

For updates or more information, visit www.catholicschoolsalliance.org

  


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