I realize this has been in the news for a week now but I think it is worth mentioning, Paterson Catholic is closing its doors at the end of this school year. I will come right out and say it, I’m a Catholic school brat. I went from Kindergarten to 8th grade at a fine local school. I HATED it when I was there until I reached public high school. I realized that my writing and creative thinking skills were light years beyond my public school companions. I just seemed to “get it” whilst my new friends where lacking. I did really dislike being forced to go to church and church classes but it was nice not having to do CCD.
I’m actually sad to hear about another school is closing. In my former town two catholic grade schools have closed in the past 3 years and I have heard from friends that 3 more in northern Jersey have closed also. While I know New Jersey has one of the best public school systems in the country (my high school was something like 50th in the state) I hate when choices of any sort are taken away. I always thought of Catholic as the underdogs in education. Between having to pay for something which you can get for free (well, sort of) to shoe-string budgets for computers, books and supplies going public seems an obvious choice. But the one-on-one attention you can get with 11 kids in your class more then makes up for limited supplies.
Well I seem to have gone off on a tangent so lets get back to the topic at hand, Paterson Catholic closing. NorthJersey.com wrote a great article about the underlying reasons for the closure and how it will effect the community. Plagued by debt and having gone through all donations and the $400,000 diocese subsidy they receive yearly they can no longer make ends meet. Paterson Catholic offered a safer, better education for Paterson kids who didn’t want to have to go to the public system. Here is the article and below a video interview also from NorthJersey.com.
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