Catholic schools in danger: 9 in Westchester, 1 in Putnam

The Archdiocese of NY just released a list of 31 elementary schools that are considered to be “at risk.”

This means that they may well lose their subsidies from the archdiocese and shut down.

Everyone knew this day was coming since Archbishop Dolan said it was. He wants to close schools that can’t survive on their own so that he can strengthen the rest. That’s the goal.

The list includes 9 schools from Westchester (including 3 from Yonkers and 2 from Mount Vernon) and 1 from Putnam. There are no Rockland schools on the list.

Here are the 9:

Saint Ann, Ossining
Saint Anthony of Padua, West Harrison
Christ the King, Yonkers
Saint Bartholomew, Yonkers
Saint Mary, Yonkers
Saint Joseph, Croton Falls
Saint John the Evangelist, Mahopac
Sacred Heart School for the Arts, Mount Vernon
Saints Peter and Paul, Mount Vernon
Holy Name of Jesus, Valhalla

Archbishop Dolan says: “Catholic schools are here to stay, but, it is clear that we need to take a hard look at some of our schools and our resources.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.