A few days ago, I was on my way to work, when I noticed, a small piece of paper taped to the front entrance of the Catholic school, St. Aloysius, saying, “We’re Still Here.” It wasn’t until this morning that I realized what that sign really meant.
As I took my normal route to work this morning, what is usually a crowded street filled with hundreds of children and parents dropping them off, was now a clear, quiet street. And when I glanced at the entrance of the school, the gates still closed, I realized, they had been shut down.
Because of the economic crisis, Ridgewood parents are forced to manage their money more carefully. And with rising tuition costs for Catholic schools, its no wonder why these schools are struggling to stay open. In an article posted in the Queens Chronicle, the writer notes that only two schools out of seven, are going to be saved, “‘Many Catholic schools are finding it hard to stay open because of tighter budgets and falling enrollment, even as they remain attractive to so many families because of their focus on high academic standards and high student achievement,’ Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a prepared statement.”
Last year, I recall there being a lot of construction on Seneca Ave and Stanhope. As of right now, the construction is finished, and they have turned what used to be factory into an elementary school, P.S. 305.
I assumed that when they built this school it was because of the major crowding of students in both P.S. 71Q and P.S. 88. However, since St. Aloysius is closed, the majority of the students that are in the elementary level, might be attending this new school. Luckily enough the new school was built right next to St. Aloysius, so this will be more convenient for parents who have children attending St. Aloysius.
For more information as to other Catholic School closings in Queens visit: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20261108&BRD=2731&PAG=461&dept_id=575596&rfi=6