New Configuration of Catholic Schools in Eastern Region of Diocese

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - Syracuse

Syracuse, New York— Bishop Robert J. Cunningham informed the Rome Catholic Community of an upcoming change in the configuration of Catholic Schools in the eastern region of the Diocese of Syracuse. Bishop Cunningham announced that after much consultation the eastern region of the diocese will have three elementary schools (Rome Catholic, Notre Dame Elementary and St. Patrick’s School in Oneida) and one 7-12 program located at Notre Dame JSHS beginning in the Fall of 2013.

In his letter to the Rome Catholic Community, Bishop Cunningham explained, “In the spring of 2011, the leadership of Rome Catholic submitted a plan to the Catholic School Office that anticipated growth and sustainability for Rome Catholic as a K- 12 school. The plan was in response to steady enrollment decline at the high school. At that time, a series of benchmarks were set for the school with the expectation that reaching these benchmarks would lead to a more sustainable future for the students in Rome. Unfortunately, after three years, the key enrollment benchmarks were not reached and Rome Catholic became a school that needed careful review. In January of this year, RCS began an aggressive enrollment initiative for 2013-2014 in an effort to increase the number of students and to gather community support. Although their efforts were laudable, the RCS recruitment initiative did not result in numbers that will sustain the high school either educationally or financially”.

Students in grades 6-11 will be offered incentives to continue their Catholic education. A $1,000 transition scholarship will be provided to any student in grades 6-11 at RCS who transition to Notre Dame JSHS. Transportation will be provided to Notre Dame and a series of opportunities will be offered to students in the next several months to visit Notre Dame JSHS.

To read the full letter to the Rome Catholic Community, click here. For more information, contact, Danielle E. Cummings, Assistant Chancellor/Director of Communications at 315.470-1476 or

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