July 20, 2015
For immediate release
St. Augustine’s School in Lansingburgh to Remain Open
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger announced at a St. Augustine community meeting this evening that the St. Augustine parish elementary school in Lansingburgh will remain open for the 2015-16 school year.
The school is facing significant financial challenges, including a projected deficit of $170,000 for the coming school year, and the Bishop challenged the St. Augustine community to rally together and work to identify viable solutions to sustain the school beyond the next academic year.
The dire financial situation at St. Augustine School came to light in June, and the Bishop, the Diocesan Superintendent and the Diocesan School Board believed there was not enough time for faculty and families to make alternative plans should the school not re-open in September.
“For St. Augustine’s school to be successful, the parish, school and community must find ways to increase enrollment, increase revenue, and reduce expenses wherever possible,” Bishop Scharfenberger told parents, faculty and parishioners Friday night.
The Bishop noted that the community pledged its support for the school at a public meeting on Tuesday evening, and said he was confident that if that level of support and dedication to the school continues, it will have a bright future.
The Diocesan Catholic School Office will provide technical and advisory support to the school as it works to come up with a viable plan.
For the recently ended 2014-15 school year, St. Augustine’s had 115 children, down from a recent high of 220 in the 2010-11 school year.
St. Augustine Parish was first established in 1842, and has been served by Augustinian priests since 1858. The parish school was established in 1869.