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View St. Virgilius Plan At Meeting Next Week

Committee Says Work To Save School Is Just Beginning

The business plan that was endorsed by the diocese and promises to keep St. Virgilius School open will be presented to parents and faculty for the first time at a meeting next week in Broad Channel.

Those who attend will also hear the Business Plan Committee’s important new message: Our work is just beginning.

The committee will “walk parents through the various sections of the business plan” placing particular emphasis on marketing, school operations and the financial plan, according to committee member Peter Mahon.

The 70-page document is broken into ten sections that address the major issues – enrollment and revenue/expenditures – for the next five school years.

The New York Times reported last week that the plan calls for a 15 percent tuition hike and would use up a $150,000 reserve fund, while adding five-year partial scholarships for any students who transfer in, a long-term endowment, and would provide a laptop computer for every child in grades four through eight.

Mahon declined to share a copy of the plan with The Wave because, he said, parents deserve to see the document in its entirety before it is released to the general public. He said those who attend the meeting would have a chance to ask questions during an open-floor session.

The committee will also send the message that the time to rally is now.

Mahon said “perhaps the most important issue” now is making sure parents and faculty understand “that our work in this matter is not over.”

“In fact,” he said, “the real and long term work in this endeavor is just beginning. It will now become imperative that the school and parish administration, faculty, students and parents now begin the real work of working together to implement all aspects of the business plan.”

The St. Virgilius Parents Association meeting will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Virgilius Church in Broad Channel.

The business plan committee can be reached by e-mail at Broad Channel @aol.com.

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