2009-02-13 / Letters

St. Camillus Is Not Closing

Dear Editor,

We would first like to say a special thank you to Robert Bentley, for his lovely letter of support for St. Camillus School and agree with his call to further support St. Camillus in the future.

Mark Twain after reading his obituary was quoted as saying, "The report of my death was an exaggeration." As parents of a current student and members of the parish, the purpose of this letter today is to put to rest once and for all the rumors that St. Camillus School is closing. This could not be further from the truth. Not a week goes by that we have not been asked whether or not the school was closing or had someone show disbelief that the school was still open. It is true that for years St. Camillus, due to no fault of its own, had problems with maintaining its enrollment. This was due to the everchanging demographics of the neighborhood. The parish was converted from one of working class families with children to a parish of mainly fixed income elderly people. Through the efforts of Sr. Agnes White, principal, former pastor Fr. James Dunne, and current pastor Fr. Richard Ahlmeyer the fortunes of St. Camillus have changed dramatically. St. Camillus has become a financially solid school, and has never been subsidized by the Brooklyn Diocese. St. Camillus has shown achievements in academic excellence. This past year more than 50 percent of the students of the upper classes achieved honors, i.e. average over 85 percent in all subjects. For the past several years a high percentage of St. Camillus graduates have received scholarships to high school and were accepted to their first choice of schools.

St. Camillus also received a very prestigious honor a few years ago by participating in a city wide program teaching students about the stock market. The girls who participated came in first in their category and the boys placed second throughout the entire city. For this achievement these students were invited to ring the bell at the opening of the stock market. St. Camillus continues to thrive in computer sciences and in academics and has been cited by the Middle Atlantic Schools for excellence.

We hope that some of the brief facts presented here will dispel any further misconceptions that the parish school of St. Camillus-St. Virgilus is in any jeopardy of closing its doors and is here to stay.

BRENDA J. SCHILLING

DR. JOHN SCHILLING PARENTS AND TRUSTEE

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