2005-06-03 / Community

St. Virgilius School Gets Reprieve For 2005-2006

By Brian Magoolaghan

St. Virgilius School in Broad Channel will be open for the 2005-2006 school year. St. Virgilius School in Broad Channel will be open for the 2005-2006 school year.

  • St. Virgilius is among three parochial schools that made the cut this week to avoid closure at the upcoming end of the school year, the Brooklyn Diocese announced.
  • “Our parish was contacted by the diocese which advised us that our business plan had been satisfactorily met and our school is now officially ‘open’ for the 2005-2006 school year,” said Peter J. Mahon, a member of the school’s Business Plan Committee.

    Although the diocese announced that it had accepted the school’s business plan in March, a May 31 deadline was set for individual parts of the plan to be accomplished. St. Virgilius came perilously close to missing its enrollment quota because some parents were unable to pay the registration fees in time for their children to be counted in the rolls.

    The push for enrollment went right into Memorial Day weekend.

    “As the deadline grew near, the diocese was most concerned with our school’s enrollment as our financial situation had been secure for some time,” Mahon told The Wave. “This past Saturday we registered our 107th student, which effectively met the enrollment threshold established by the diocese.”

    The deadline was established to “ensure that teacher contracts could be signed for next year,” said Mahon.

    Frank Derosa, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn Diocese, released a statement to The Wave on Wednesday confirming the news.

    “Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, the Superintendent of Schools in the Office of Catholic School Support Services, said Tuesday that the schools had reached their goals and would continue registering students for the new school year,” said DeRosa. The other schools that made the grade are St. Finbar’s School in Bath Beach and Martyr School in Ozone Park.

    Mahon, has said before that the efforts to save the school have to become a part of its everyday operation, seemed relieved that this first major obstacle appears to have been overcome.

    “The last 16 weeks have been nothing less than nerve-wracking for our students and parents, however, the hundreds of hours of work that went into this endeavor have ultimately led us all to where we wanted to be, with our school, our church and our community in tact,” Mahon said.

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