BUSINESS AND NON-INSTRUCTIONAL OPERATIONS
Funding Catholic Elementary Schools
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Belleville have an excellent tradition of developing the whole person through spiritual and academic formation based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission of Catholic schools provides a particular environment for the New Evangelization by presenting the Gospel anew within the school and parish communities. Therefore, it is imperative that all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Belleville actively address the challenges confronting their schools and parishes and develop plans to continue the tradition and work of Catholic Education in a meaningful and thoughtful manner.
In light of the Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring, Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Belleville must address the following:
**While many Catholic Elementary schools also provide pre-school programs, the pre-school students are not included in determining the minimum enrollment number to maintain a viable Catholic Elementary school. The development of pre-school programs connected with a Catholic Elementary school has helped encourage many potential students to enroll in Catholic elementary schools. At this time, however, there is not a reliable statistical finding to suggest that most if not all of the pre-school students will enroll in a school’s kindergarten program to provide a reliable long-term enrollment projection for a Catholic elementary school. It is also important to state that all pre-school programs are to be cost efficient and have balanced budgets.
Adopted: March 18, 2014
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville