Assumption School Press Release
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00


NEWS RELEASE                     144 West Wood Street,
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor


FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT February 11, 2015
SUBJECT Assumption School, Geneva

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, has accepted the recommendation
of the Office of Catholic Schools in conjunction with the Pastor of Assumption Parish,
Rev. Robert Lanterman, that Assumption School close at the end of the current school year.

Declining enrollment is cited as the primary reason for the closure. Between the 2012-2013
and 2013-2014 school year, the school dropped enrollment by 33%. The latest effort
agreed upon last summer to strengthen the school by focusing on grades pre-kindergarten
through grade 3 yielded uneven results, with 13 students in pre-k, 21 in kindergarten, 7 in
grade one, and a combined total of 5 students in grades two and three.

Ms. Mary Fiala, Acting Superintendent of Schools, stated that despite marketing and
community efforts to reverse the loss of enrollment, the reality is that the school cannot
remain financially viable.

Rev. Lanterman said that "while he regrets that Assumption School needs to close, he is
hopeful that the families in Geneva will strongly consider the opportunity to continue the
Catholic education of their children at St. John School in Ashtabula."

St. John School will host a parent information night for Assumption parents on February
19th at 6:30 in the cafeteria. Families are also welcome to call St. John's to set up an
individual appointment and tour at another time by calling 440-997-5831.

For further information contact Ms. Mary Fiala, Acting Superintendent of Schools,
at 330-744-8451.

Msgr. John Zuraw
Chancellor

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