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Stella Maris to Close

Posted on 11 May 2011

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Stella Maris Regional Catholic School will close after the end of this school year, according to a letter sent to parents from Father Mike Rieder of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Montauk.

“I have prayed that I would never have to write this letter,” he wrote. But because of low enrollment numbers for the 2011-2012 school year, it’s come to this. “We have no choice but to close our school at the end of this academic year,” he continued.

The school collected enrollment forms for 44 students, which is less than half the amount needed (102) to keep the school in operation next year.

On April 12, parents and teachers learned from School Superintendent of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Sister Joanne Callahan, that the school faced a $480,000 deficit.  In order to keep the school in operation, the diocese provided an austerity budget, required parents to raise $116,250 by August 31 and wanted to ensure the school maintain an enrollment of 102.

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3 Responses to “Stella Maris to Close”

  1. Secular Nation says:

    Closing is most appropriate. At least fewer kids will be subject to catholic brainwashing. Church should look into selling the building to Secular Humanist Society – a more fitting use of the property.

    64K question – what is the church going to do with th 1M endowment? They should refund the money to the parents who were duped in contributing money to this failed institution over the last few years. I bet the church will keep the money to pay off lawyers (a lot) and victims (a little) for the abuse of the pedophile priests.

  2. PerspectiveonStella says:

    Secular Nation – money certainly should and likely will be refunded to parents contributing to the recent drive to keep the school open. But your suggestion that the building be sold to Secular Humanists raises a question. Why is it more fitting to sell the building from one religion to another? Oh its not a religion you’ll say – merely the absence of a belief in god – but the Supreme Court has recognized it as such (Torkoso v. Watkins (1961)). The organization itself has described it as “A Religion for a New Age.” I suppose as long as one is worshipping your religion – then you’re ok with it right? St Andrew’s and Stella Maris don’t take money from you or any other taxpayers. The parents who send their children to Stella Maris do so freely and have every right to do so. A privately funded school like Stella Maris presents no threat to the seperation of church and state. History, and particularly the 20th century is replete with government systems that were convinced that secularism was the only possible way to produce utopia. I’m sure you’re familiar with the destruction they wrought in its pursuit.

  3. HolyRoller says:

    Secular Nation = another fine product of the public school system


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