Omaha, NE - After nearly a century of educating, Saint Stanislaus school closed it's doors on May 24. It's the third catholic school in a week to do so. The archdiocese says closing the three schools is the best thing for Omaha's catholic education future.
For 93 years, Saint Stanislaus has given kids a catholic education. Slowly over the years, the enrollment has dwindled down. This year, the total enrollment of the school reached 65. Low numbers are the reason the archdiocese of Omaha decided to take part in a consortium.
Saint Stanislaus was not the only catholic school with few students during the 2012-2013 school year. Holy Ghost had 54 enrolled. The numbers were higher at Assumption Guadalupe with 138 students.
These three catholic schools will not reopen their doors next year. Instead the five remaining catholic schools in south Omaha, which include Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Thomas More, Holy Cross, Saint Peter and Paul and Saint Bernadette, will accept any students willing to attend. The consortium is a first for the archdiocese of Omaha. Each school will have a principal but will follow an overall curriculum much like OPS. Instead of tuition varying from school to school, costs will be the same across the board. The archdiocese hopes to have fewer schools but stronger ones.
The last day of school was bitter for many post-graduates and current students of Saint Stanislaus. All four children of Julie Podkovich have attended the school. Podkovich describes her feelings with tears in her eyes, "This is a major part of our lives and we feel like its been ripped away from us, it's like a death."