Local Catholic schools partnering to save money

PERRYSBURG, OH, (Toledo News Now) - Local Catholic schools are working together to be more cost-effective. Pastors in northern Wood County recently announced they will share resources without consolidating.

Parents said they could not be happier. When they heard the phrases, "sharing resources" and "cost-effective" some were worried it would mean losing their schools. However, educators said that will not be the case.

As Catholic schools, like St. Rose, finish end-of-the-year activities, parents said they are happy about what is in store for next year and relieved consolidation is not one of them.

"As a parent, I was glad to hear that. We have dedicated teachers that have been here for a long time, a faith community that is very vibrant, and so to be able to stay together like this and continue to offer pre-k to eight education is wonderful," said Dan Brahier, a St. Rose parent.

St. Rose has been collaborating with Rossford, Perrysburg, and Bowling Green churches for about a year.

Pastors recently sent letters announcing the schools would not be merging.

"Each of these schools and parishes, they have a strong tradition in Catholic education, and so we didn't see the need to start somehow realigning, consolidating. We have good schools in place, but we're going to make them better with stronger support," said Msgr. Marv Borger, St. Rose Catholic Parish Pastor.

That does not mean there will not be changes next year. The schools are considering sharing faculty, human resources, and policies.

"There's things we can do together that we don't have to reinvent the wheel on every time, that we can share sometimes. If we're creative, offering more electives, perhaps foreign language, that we can work together on and offer more than we do now," said Borger.

St. Rose said the process benefits the community by allowing Catholic schools to focus on the other part of education.

"Having a Catholic school in a community is a great treasure. We put the focus not only on knowledge and information and technology, but also, we make sure the students are being developed and formed morally with strong character," said Borger.

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