Statement on Stark County High Schools
Dear Catholic Education Supporters:
We are embarking on a new day for Catholic Education in Stark County. We want you to know about our initial major steps toward better collaboration and coordination of resources. And we want your input as we move forward.
First, though, here’s what’s not changing: St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic will continue to operate as separate high schools. We know that any news of change inevitably prompts this big question. We want to immediately answer it and emphasize that these plans will not affect the excellent academic programs at both schools but will make the schools stronger, more efficient and more effective in promoting Catholic Identity, academic achievement and community service. Parents, students and staff members should experience no change in their interactions and day-to-day relationship with the schools.
Here’s what is changing: Bishop Murray has accepted the recommendation of a special task force to restructure the senior administration for our two Catholic high schools. A search has been launched to identify a new President for both St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic. That President will work with one Board to streamline operations, look for smart coordination and share resources.
Bishop Murry appointed the task force, which has been meeting for a year, to make recommendations to strengthen the continued presence of Catholic Education in Stark County. Members of the task force included the Presidents of the high schools and Holy Cross Catholic Schools, board members from all three groups, and representatives from the Office of Catholic Schools and Walsh University.
Here’s what else isn’t changing: To help Catholic Education thrive in Stark County, we need you. We will continue to rely on the committed alumni, parents, staff and community members committed to both institutions for support and work.
Does Catholic Education have a future in Stark County? We answer with a resounding “yes”! And we believe this action will enhance the mission of both schools into the future. More information will be available about the senior administrative restructuring in the near future. In the meantime, any questions should be directed to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Youngstown.