The Office of Catholic Schools sent word to pastors and principals today that Incarnation-St. James School in Ewing is scheduled to close at the end of this school year, June 2010, although last minute efforts are underway to prevent such a disappointment.
According to the Diocese, "The school board, Parish Finance Council and Pastoral Council and pastor asked Bishop Smith's permission to close the school due to declining enrollment, escalating costs and the fiscal burden to the parish."
Incarnation parish opened the school in 1955 which has been staffed from the beginning by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (I.H.M.). In 2006, St. James parish and Incarnation parish were merged. The parish has been staffed by the Trinitarian Fathers in recent years. The school's facilities include a new addition in 2003, gymnasium, science lab, computer lab and had recently been outfitted with SMART boards and wireless internet. There are Advanced math classes and Spanish classes available for older students. Music, art and physical education is included in the curriculum. The school parents participate in the SCRIP program.
How fortunate we are at Holy Cross to have robust student enrollment and a sound fiscal base, because even supportive teachers, staff, school parents, parish and pastor cannot always guarantee a school will remain open.
Our prayers go out to the families at St. James/ Incarnation for their best, meantime let us thank God for our blessings during this Lenten season and all pitch in to keep our school an excellent place for Catholic education. We cannot take our Catholic parish schools for granted.