NEWARK, NJ – In a move to consolidate its school community, the Archdiocese of Newark announced on Thursday Holy Spirit School in Union is among ten archdiocesan-operated schools slated to close at the end of this school year. Nine of the schools set to close are elementary level; one a high school.
The school closures are a result of “archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to strengthen the overall school program and ensure a sustainable future for Catholic education in the Archdiocese,” according to a statement issues on Thursday. The Archdiocese says the process to identify affected schools began before the COVID-19 crisis, and the decision is not directly linked to the pandemic. Archdiocesan officials noted, however, that the crisis has further weakened the economic position of the schools and other ministries.
All the schools will remain active through the end of the school year, with lessons and assignments continuing to be administered via distance learning platforms in compliance with the statewide mandate.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, expressed the Archdiocese’s sadness at the necessity of this decision. “I want to acknowledge the pain experienced by the students and their families, teachers, staff, administrators, pastors, and parishioners, and all who are affected by these difficult decisions,” said Cardinal W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark. “We are committed to placing these students into nearby archdiocesan schools, all of which are fully prepared to welcome them, accommodate them, and provide them with a continuing, outstanding Catholic education.”
“By consolidating into fewer schools, we make each school stronger and more viable, and help ensure that our mission will be sustained,” added Dolan.
The other schools set to close are:
- Academy of St. Therese of Lisieux, Cresskill
- St. Anne School, Fair Lawn
- Trinity Academy, Caldwell
- Good Shepherd Academy, Irvington
- Our Lady Help of Christians School, East Orange
- St. James the Apostle School, Springfield
- The Academy of Our Lady of Peace, New Providence
- St. Genevieve School, Elizabeth
- Cristo Rey Newark High School, Newark
School building properties are owned by the local parishes with which schools are affiliated. Any financial benefit realized from any future rental or sale of a school building would remain at the parish level or would be reinvested to strengthen the schools program and help support the continuation of Catholic education. Any school funds available following closure will remain with the affiliated parish.