Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00
It is with a heavy heart that I read the letter I received at home and the front page article of the Long Island Catholic about Corpus Christi School closing in June. After 85 plus years, for Corpus Christi School to close is not only devastating, it is nothing short of a tragedy.
This is a school of excellent tradition that has not failed the children or families. Maybe we, as parents, failed the school by not figuring out a way to increase enrollment; maybe the Diocese could have done a little more to help as well. The enrollment issue was not for a lack of trying, as the administration, current school board and parents club work tirelessly to do everything in their power. But it wasn’t meant to be is not the answer either. Enrollment had increased, slightly, but it had increased, a new young energetic pastor has just come to the parish, but was not given a chance to make a difference.
It is truly a sad day when things are starting to look up and the rug is still pulled out from under you anyway. This is not only a loss for the students and families of Corpus Christi, this is a loss for the community of Mineola, the Diocese and society as a whole. This school was truly one of the jewels of the community. The students truly loved their school. Yes, they can go to another school, but this was their home away from home. We need to ask ourselves if this can happen to a very successful Corpus Christi, this can happen to any school in the Diocese.
On behalf of my family I would like to give special thanks to the principle, Mrs. Susan Anaischik, the priests of Corpus Christi, the Sisters of St. Dominic, teachers, staff, deacons, school board members, parents associations and the families for ensuring that the children had a safe, caring, nurturing, Catholic environment in which to learn. The world is a better place for having Corpus Christi School, but to the children the world has become a little bit harsher as well.
(The writer served a term as the Corpus Christi School Board president.)