As to WHY a Healthy Catholic Elementary/Middle School was merged with two other schools, despite not even bordering one of the Parishes in this Ecclesiastical Corporate Board Game, is something which astounds me. Granted, there are schools which are smaller, but I guess they are in certain, more desirable neighborhoods. With the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, the threshold is 200 Students just to stay open as a school.
Case in point is the now defunct St. Sylvester School at 396 Grant Avenue in City Line, Brooklyn, which now sits abandoned. According to an Intelligence Source, the water was not shut off & due to the cold, the pipes burst, making the building thoroughly unusable. The School, merged with St. Rita’s School & St. Michael’s/St. Malachy’s School, closed in June, 2011. They had 350 Students at the time of the Merger. St. Rita’s had 500. It was St. Michael/St. Malchy School which was just at the 200 Threshold.
But, on St. Sylvester Parish Eastern Boundary in Queens, is St. Elizabeth’s Parish, on the Woodhaven/Ozone Park Border, with the Physical Plant on the South Side of Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park. St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Academy had only 170 Students and was in danger of being closed down after a year of operating as an Academy.
Over in 311 Prospect Park West is the “Nerve Center” of the Roman Catholic Diocese Of Brooklyn. The Diocesan Superintendent of Schools is located there. By 2017, Catholic Elementary/Middle Schools must operate as Academies, which entail a two tier governing model, including a Board of Directors & the School itself as an Independent Entity, which will pay rent to the Parish they are in.
Somebody got the “Ecclesiastical Bullying” Treatment. In this case, the Last Pastor of St. Sylvester’s Roman Catholic Church, was bullied into the arrangement whereby St. Sylvester School would be merged out of existence. Someone in The Office of The Superintendent of Schools made that Pastor “An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse.” One wonders if that someone was named Vito.
The new school is called Salve Regina Academy on Liberty Avenue and Jerome Street. Everything is consolidated in the old St. Michael’s Commercial High School Building.
But, the Sylvestrians had no intention of being part of this setup. Little do they know, that the merger was a technical setup, if only because the School Property is in Brooklyn, hence this merger in East New York, Brooklyn. But, City Line Brooklyn has little in common with East New York, as it is separated by Conduit Avenue(Sunrise Highway)from East New York. It has more in common with Ozone Park & Woodhaven in Queens.
Most of what was St. Sylvester School’s Student Body is either at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Academy or at St. Mary Gate Of Heaven Academy, with the majority at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Academy in Ozone Park.
So, as was the real intention, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Academy is where the great majority of St. Sylvester School Students are located. Salve Regina Academy is an East New York affair, with almost no St. Sylvester Affiliated Students.
This was to save St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Academy from the dustbin of History. This is The Real Merger & NOT that Artificial Merger, which most Sylvestrian Parents were not buying into, anyway.
But is this the Right Thing To Do?
Is it Ethical & Moral?
To me, it’s like killing someone for their organs.
Pax Domine Sit Semper Vobiscum!