Holy Cross Academy Announces Trasitioning for Growth Plan
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:03

            Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools is announcing the Transitioning for Growth Initiative, which will formally begin its implementation for the 2014-15 academic year.

            The goals for this transition plan are: To strengthen the Catholic identity within our schools; to enhance the academic advantage for our students within a 21st Century learning environment; to develop our students’ athletic, arts and service learning opportunities through cross campus collaboration; and to achieve financial sustainability so that Catholic education will be available for our students today and for their children tomorrow.

            Msgr. Lewis F. Gaetano, President of Holy Cross Academy, indicated that: “Fundamental to this plan is guaranteeing the Catholic identity of our schools, which is founded on Catholic religious teachings, and leads to a Catholic moral vision. This differentiates us and strengthens the Catholic school educational and formational quality and experience, which we believe provides the “positive peer influence” that is essential to our Catholic school legacy and mission.”

            The Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, said: “I enthusiastically support the plan proposed by the Board of Holy Cross Academy. This plan is the result of wide consultation among parents, pastors, and educators, and was developed with the assistance of a professional school management firm. It represents the strongest means of providing a secure future for Catholic education in Stark County.”

            The Transitioning for Growth Initiative will include the strengthening of: Regina Coeli in Alliance; Our Lady of Peace, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Michael in Canton; St. Paul in North Canton; St. Mary in Massillon; and SS. Philip and James in Canal Fulton with each campus remaining Preschool through 8th grade. The plan also will strengthen St. Barbara School in Massillon which will remain Preschool through grade 5.  

            St. Peter in Canton and St. Louis in Louisville will transition into Family Preschool Centers. St. Joseph in Canton will close. Students from these schools in grades 1 through 8 will be encouraged to enroll in nearby Catholic schools.

            Holy Cross Academy, established in 2012, is the Elementary School System in Stark County for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. “The Transition for Growth Initiative is an investment in a renewed era of enthusiasm and creativity for Catholic education in Stark County”, said Gaetano.

            For more information contact Msgr. Gaetano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or the website at StarkHolyCrossAcademy.com.