Sunday, November 12, 2006

3 Catholic schools may be closed

Steve Schultze reports in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the current eight schools serving Racine's 11 parishes might be consolidated into a five school K-8 system. Students in the schools total about 1,500. (I wonder if Racine once had parishes with 1,000 students in a school, like those I remember in Milwaukee.)
Tuition would be standardized at the schools at $2,200 per student. Families with two or more children in the schools would get discounts. In addition, the parishes would provide $1,079 per pupil, Sumner-Coon [Laura Sumner-Coon, spokeswoman for the reorganization task force] said.

The budget for the new system would be $4.6 million, some $700,000 more than current overall costs.

So the planned increase is to $3,279 per student per year. By comparison, though also including high school students,
In terms of operations spending per student -- the cost of running the school system on a daily basis -- Unified spent $10,048 in 2004-05, according to the Public Policy Forum's "8th Annual Comparative Analysis of the Racine Unified School District."


  1. Anonymous3:48 PM

    So let me get this straight: In order to preserve Catholic Schools, we need to reduce access and raise costs?

    Who is advising the Archdiocese on these matters? WEAC?


  2. Anonymous9:39 PM

    We're hearing this same crap in Sheboygan. One has to wonder just what the heck Timothy is up to .

  3. As usual, history matters.

    About 5 years before his sudden retirement, Abp Weakland issued a directive to pastors requiring them to charge at least 50% of the cost-of-education as tuition.

    He also increased the "tax" paid by parishes to the Archdiocese--because after Abp Weakland showed up, Chancery employment increased from 9 to around 250.

    Now you know the rest of the story.