As you are aware, the Diocese of Erie has been working on a pastoral plan that includes Catholic schools. A preliminary plan for schools has now been released. Included with this notification is a news release that will give you an overview of the plan.
Please read the release carefully. Calling the plan a “rebirth of Catholic education,” Bishop Lawrence Persico reminds us that students in northwest Pennsylvania deserve the best education and higher-education preparedness possible.
St. Gregory School will remain a PreK through grade 8 school. It will develop a comprehensive strategic plan that continues and strengthens the relationship with Mercyhurst University and sets achievable goals to increase enrollment to a financially viable number. The school will also become a part of the new consortium of schools not currently part of a school system, enjoying similar improvements in academic quality and operational efficiency.
Please take the time to visit the diocesan website at www.ErieRCD.org/planning.asp for additional information about key components of the plan. Beginning Friday, the full plan will be published on the website.
First and foremost, I know you value Catholic education. Experts, school administrators, task force members and others have worked diligently for more than a year to develop this plan to create stronger schools with outstanding programs and superior opportunities for all students.
Bishop Persico notes that the goal from the very beginning was to raise the standard for education across the region, ensuring generations of children will have access to quality academics in a faith-based environment.
“I feel a great responsibility to the sisters and priests and families who came before us—they poured their lives into our Catholic schools,” he says. “We’re doing our best to honor that legacy and to make sure that future generations will have the same opportunities we have enjoyed for more than 150 years.”
Let us welcome the changes together.
Nancy L. Pierce
Saint Gregory Parish School Principal