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Five Schools Get Reprieve From Rockville Centre Diocese

Enrollment And Funding To Determine Future Long-Term
A rainbow over St. Edward the Confessor School in Syosset, N.Y. (file / credit: St. Edward the Confessor)

A rainbow over St. Edward the Confessor School in Syosset, N.Y. (file / credit: St. Edward the Confessor)

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ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - There is some good news for a handful of Long Island Catholic schools. They will be open next school year.

The Diocese of Rockville Center will not be closing five grammar schools next fall.

Two of the schools are in Nassau County and three of the schools are in Suffolk County.

In Nassau, they are St. Dominic Elementary School in Oyster Bay and St. Edward the Confessor School in Syosset.

In Suffolk, they are St. Isidore School in Riverhead, Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue, and Our Lady Queen of Apostles School in Center Moriches.

The’ve been removed from a watch list, at least for now, according to Diocese spokesman Sean Dolan.

“It’s dependent upon enrollment. It’s dependent upon adequate funding from the parishes and contributions from parishioners and fundraising and stuff,” Dolan told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Ironically, the closings of previous schools helped strengthen these five schools in question.

So for now, Dolan says things look good. But again stressed that enrollment and fundraising must be maintained.

“Yeah, you just don’t know what the long-term future holds,” he said.

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