NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After the school petitioned The Archdiocese of Newark to keep their school open, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence will remain open.
In a press release issued by the Archdiocese of Newark on May 7, 2020, they announced the consolidation and closure of 10 Catholic Schools in the region, including The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the Archbishop of Newark wrote that while Catholic schools remain a priority, the current situation posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to some difficult decisions.
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace responded to this open letter, by filing a petition to save the award-winning school. With more than 1,200 signatures and close to 500 comments, the petition urged the Archdiocese to reevaluate their decision to close the school. In a press release issued by the school, they asked the Archdiocese to open a dialogue with the parents to examine the necessary requirements to keep their beloved and award-winning blue ribbon school open for the next academic year.
The school posted on their Facebook page on Friday afternoon the news of the agreement made by the Archdiocese to keep AOLP open. The post read, "The AOLP fought the good fight and WON! The Archdiocese has agreed to keep the school OPEN! Fr Bill will make an official announcement during Mass on Sunday. Thank you to all who pledged and signed the petition."
The AOLP Facebook page further stated, "The Academy of Our Lady of Peace will be officially given to Our Lady of Peace Church and a formal and more official letter will follow from Father Bill. --- We cannot thank the parents and Advisory Board members and Fr. Bill enough for their amazing effort. More information will follow!"
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace, a Catholic elementary school serves children in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Students come from New Providence as well as surrounding communities and parishes of Berkeley Heights, Summit, Mountainside, Chatham and North Plainfield.