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Assumption School on NY Archdiocese Chopping Block

Our Lady of the Assumption School in Peekskill is one of a number of schools in the state at risk of being closed in next year.

Otto Lopez does not know his next step will be.

Like Many parents at the Our Lady of the Assumption School in Peekskill, he is playing it by ear and hoping for the best.

"They told us that they are going to have a meeting in January and then they'll make a decision," said Lopez, who has two children attending the school.

The school is one of 26 schools out of 129 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York that were announced earlier this week as being on a list of schools at risk of closing June 2013.

The list was compiled after a study conducted by Local Regional Boards and Reconfiguration Committees in every county in the archdiocese began their careful analysis of each school region this fall. 

Enrollment, financial, academic and local demographics were factored into the study.

Pastors and principals, Assumption and other at-risk elementary schools are scheduled to meet with members of the local Board or Reconfiguration Committee in their region to discuss the next steps and make their cases for why their school should remain open.

A final decision will be made in January.

Administrators for the Assumption school did not return phone calls.

Lopez said he would likely send his kids to public school if Assumption is closed.

"This place is special," Lopez said. "They work with you and help you out. I don't know if the other Catholic schools in the area will do that."

Below are enrollment figures for the school dating back to 2003-2004:

2003-2004 210

2004-2005 208

2005-2006 174

2006-2007 172

2007-2008 171

2008-2009 203

2009-2010 230

2010-2011 224

2011-2012 216

2012-2013 200


PByers December 01, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Source: NCES, 2010 District Spending The Peekskill City School District spends $22,778 per pupil in current expenditures. The district spends 68% on instruction, 30% on support services, and 2% on other elementary and secondary expenditures. District Student-Teacher Ratio The Peekskill City School District has 14 students for every full-time equivalent teacher, with the NY state average being 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher. District Student Information In the Peekskill City School District, 19% of students have an IEP (Individualized Education Program). An IEP is a written plan for students eligible for special needs services. The Peekskill City School District serves 14% English Language Learners (ELL). ELL students are in the process of acquiring and learning English Language skills.
PByers December 01, 2012 at 03:38 PM
And some more interesting Peekskill schools data: http://febp.newamerica.net/k12/NY/3622650
joshua tanner December 01, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Lol -It would be cheaper for people to send money to Assumption than let the school district take over. So glad Peekskill pols let the city become a foreign colony with sky high birth rate over the years
Beach Girl December 02, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Free Tuition ????? Must be nice not only are people sucking the goverment dry know Robbing the church for free tuituon !!! Wth
Marie December 03, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I second that!

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