Catholic School Celebrates Last Year Before Closing
Students turned out to open house before St. Stanislaus closesPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE-Nearly 500 hundred people turned out for an open house at St. Stanislaus Catholic school before it closes next month for good.
"It's sad,"said Mary Ann Pavondra. "I graduated here in 1961. And my four children went here. And my six grandchildren went here."
The celebration is bittersweet for past and present students of the 93- year-old school. As part of a consolidation plan, it is closing.
Assumption Guadalupe, Holy Ghost and St. Stanislaus will close for good at the end of this year.
The Archdiocese of Omaha announced the closings last June, for the future of it's schools in older neighborhoods. They call it Promise 2020. The idea is to have fewer schools, but stronger ones.
"It's not a perfect plan, but it's the best one we can come up with, to really move into the future in a way that enables us to sustain parish life but especially the life of the schools, that so many people in the community count on," Archbishop George Lucas said at the time.
A group of five schools will serve as the Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium: Holy Cross, Our Lady of Lourdes, St.'s Peter and Paul, St. Bernadette and St. Thomas More.
St. Stanislaus school prided itself for years on its small school environment for first to eighth grade students. 64 students were enrolled at St. Stanislaus last year. Principal Rich Leimbach says about 85 percent of those students are expected to stay enrolled at another Catholic school. Leimbach says this year, they had six full-time and one part-time teacher.
"Four are retiring, and the other two aren't sure yet," he said.
Leimbach says April 15 is the deadline for teachers in the Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium to renew their contract, and that he's confident the teachers will find work.