Holy Cross Academy Transitioning for Growth Plan Announced
Friday, 28 February 2014 13:36

            Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, announced the final results of the   Transitioning for Growth plan, a reconfiguration of the Catholic Schools in Stark County.    

            Demographic, financial and enrollment issues required rethinking and reshaping of ways to continue to provide quality Catholic education in Stark County. Catholic educators, lay people, clergy and professional consultants have provided ideas which resulted in the Transitioning for Growth plan, announced in December, 2013. Following an appeal and deliberation process, a plan has been approved by the priests of Stark County, in consultation with the Holy Cross Academy Board of Directors and Bishop Murry.  “This plan lays the foundation for a sound future for Catholic Schools in Stark County,” stated Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Youngstown.

            The Holy Cross Academy Campuses at St. Barbara, Masssillon ( Pre-K – grade five); St. Joan of Arc, Canton; St. Michael, Canton; St. Paul, North Canton; St. Mary, Massillon and Sts. Phillip and James, Canal Fulton ( Pre-K-grade eight) will not see structured changes in the coming school year.        St. Peter School and Our Lady of Peace School in Canton, St. Louis in Louisville, and Regina Coeli in Alliance will transition into PreK- grade five programs. St. Joseph in Canton will close at the end of the present school year. Students from St. Joseph will be encouraged to enroll in a neighboring Catholic school of their choice.

            The program changes at the elementary campuses will support enhanced educational and formational experiences. This concentrated focus will offer an expansion of 21st Century educational methodologies, while guaranteeing an environment that is grounded in the Catholic faith, academic excellence and the development of self-discipline.

            St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville will open a middle school for grades six to eight, beginning in the fall of 2014. Our Lady of Peace School, St. Peter School, St. Louis School and Regina Coeli School students in grades six to eight will have the opportunity to continue their faith based education at the St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School.

            St. Thomas Aquinas will offer an opportunity for a centralized, age-appropriate learning center that addresses the teaching methodology and developmental needs of middle school age youth. The middle school will bring greater opportunity for strengthening the spiritual, academic, and social life of students while enhancing athletic and extra-curricular activities that promote excellence and achievement.

            Monsignor Lewis Gaetano, President of Holy Cross Academy, stated, “This Transitioning for Growth plan will provide a framework for a new and exciting period in the history of Catholic education in Stark County. Clearly there is much work ahead of us. If we look, however, at the possibilities and opportunities that are before us and if we work together as a faith community, we will be able to reach our goals of providing outstanding 21st Century learning environments, methodologies, and technological initiatives.”

            For more information contact Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Superintendent of Schools, at 330-744-8451 or Msgr. Lewis Gaetano at 330-526-8366, or visit www.starkholycrossacademy.com.