New Year, Different Schools For Some Students
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Omaha, NE- After three catholic schools closed in Omaha last spring, many of those students are heading back to school this week in a new building.
One of those schools that will sit empty is Saint Stanislaus.
It's the start of a new chapter for hundreds of area school kids.
"It's sad to pull them out of their home because they went there their whole life." says Jim Sullivan, whose kids attended St. Stans.
Saint Stanislaus was one of three catholic schools to close at the end of last school year.
"We could watch the kids walk up and I'd be out here watching the kids walk home, make sure they got to where they were going because I knew where they all went." says Sullivan.
Instead of school right down the street, the Sullivan kids will now attend Saint Thomas More.
"I was shocked I didn't know what it was going to be like, I was scared." says Laura Sullivan, who will start the 4th grade this week.
Laura isn't the only one scared, her brother Joseph, who'll be in the 6th grade is a little nervous too, but there will be some comforts at the new school.
"We only had 7 kids in our class last year so a lot of them are going to st. Thomas More." says Laura's brother Joseph, whose starting 6th grade.
"We're more scared of the uncertainty now, because we had the smaller classes, that's what the kids has, they had 6 or 8 kids in a class now they have, my boys going to be split up into 2 classes now because class is so large." adds Jim.
Laura's hoping she won't have to wake up earlier to get to school on time, but she is counting on a good school year.
"Meeting new friends and meeting new people."
Along with Saint Stans, Assumption Guadalupe and Holy Ghost were closed.
The Omaha Catholic School Consortium says more than 95% of those students are staying in the consortium and attending other schools.