The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 59
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 Page S23 Catholic schools find themselves in a year of transition By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer Kathleen Landreville, first-year religion teacher at Sacred Heart High School, likes her job, is pleased with her students and readily sums up the attitude of faculty, administrators and parents connected with the school. "Anything that becomss really valuable has to go through stages of transition," she said. Transition has been a key word for the school's administration this year, as it adopted a plan to begin erasing budget deficits at the school. The financial operation of the high school headed a list of concerns parochial school administrators faced in 1985. In response, officials OK'd consolidation of Sacred Heart Junior High with Sacred Heart High School in an attempt to bolster enrollment and increase tuition revenue. Salina's Catholic high school underwent other changes as well. These included the hiring of a new high school principal and her resignation after serving less than a month, following the discovery that a prospective high school teacher.and head football coach had fabricated his resume. A new principal, Brad Killen, was hired shortly before school started. Officials are still searching, however, for a high school education fund development director. There were achievements. Sacred Heart High was re-accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, after an on-site evaluation. The North Central Association is a voluntary league of 5,000 schools and 900 colleges and universities in 19 states. Accreditation means the school is meeting the educational standards of similar schools in the region. The school has proof of its educational success. One of its seniors is a finalist for a Dane Hansen Memorial Scholarship, which can be a benefit of up to $14,000 over four years. Another student, although not a re- Sacred Heart Junior High will close this building and merge the classes with Sacred Heart High School. cipient of a National Merit Scholarship, was given a commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. But keeping Sacred Heart High solvent is the concern looming largest in administrators' minds. Important to that effort is finding a qualified development director, said Monsignor John G. Weber, pastors' representative on the Sacred Heart High School board. The new development director will replace retired director Frank Thelen. He or she will be responsible for recruiting students, overseeing the growth of education funds and endowments, and doing some public relations work, Weber said. The new director's task won't be easy. Sacred Heart faces a $74,990 operating deficit this school year, according to results of a six-month study of the school performed by Anderson-Roethle, a Chicago-based consulting firm. During the 1986-87 school year the deficit is projected to be $65,450. By 1989-90 the deficit could be $83,585. Transfer of students in grades six through eight to public schools is part of the problem, studies show. About thirty students who graduated from Catholic sixth grades last spring did not enroll in Sacred Heart Junior High last fall, Anderson- Roethle representative Neal Meitler said in his report. Reasons cited by students and their families included high tuition, dissatisfaction with curriculum and, in the case of some St. Mary Queen of the Universe sixth graders, an unwillingness to travel downtown to the junior high at 410 W. Iron. Enrollment at Sacred Heart Junior High declined from 91 in 1984-85 to 58 in 1985-86, while high school enrollment also dropped, from 216 to 177. Fifty eighth-grade students grad- High court rulings force adjustments in parochial school remedial education By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer Catholic elementary school administrators were hit with a blow to their enrollments in 1985 when the U.S. Supreme Court barred public school teachers from parochial schools. The ruling limits one of the Great Society programs of the middle 1960s, known originally as Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now called Chapter I. The act provides $3.2 billion this current school year to help poor and urban children in math and reading. The law requires participating school districts, including the Salina district, to offer help to all eligible children whether or not they attend public schools, but the court ruling prevents public school teachers from going to a church-affiliated school to provide the services. Thus, Chapter I remedial math and reading classes, bilingual, gifted and special education classes offered through the Salina School District at St. Mary Queen of the Universe Elementary School and Sacred Heart Grade School were relocated to district-owned schools. The change prompted some families to move their children to public schools where the help was more readily available. Others who stayed at the Catholic schools have created transportation arrangements that allow them to travel to public schools for the classes, and back to their home school. At St. Mary's, three learning disabled students and two in speech have their parents transport them five mornings a week to South Junior High for instruction. The students in speech receive a half-hour of instruction and are transported back to St. Mary's by their speech teacher, employed by the district. The learning disabled students spend an hour and are transported back by a St. Mary's bus. About 10 gifted students at St. Mary's are transported to South Junior High once a month for help from a district teacher. The rest of the time they are in their own program run by the school. the school does not have enough low income students to be eligible for Chapter I services. However, it has begun its own remedial math and reading program that has 30 stu- dents, St. Mary's Principal Nick Compagnonesaid. About 15 children transferred to the public schools this year because of the lack of remedial help at their school, Compagnone said. The loss took a chunk out of the school budget but it could have been worse. "Quite frankly I thought I was going to lose a lot more," Com- pagnonesaid. At Sacred Heart Grade School, about 20 students left to go to public schools. About 18 students still at Sacred Heart go twice a week to Roosevelt-Lincoln Junior High School for Chapter I and bilingual classes. A teacher walks the students, who are broken into two groups, back and forth. Sacred Heart Grade and Junior High schools also received some good news in 1985. A grant of $2,000, from the Catholic Education Fund of the Knights of Columbus, was received for religious education. In addition, Sacred Heart received another CEF grant for $475 to fund extracurricular religious education for Catholic students attending public schools. uated from Sacred Heart Junior High School in 1985 but only 29 entered Sacred Heart High as freshmen last fall. The shrinkage of freshman class enrollment caused by a lack of incoming junior high students must be reversed for the high school to begin a financial recovery, officials say. To accomplish that, the merger of the junior high into the high school at 230 E. Cloud has been approved for the 1986-87 school year. The consolidation is expected to keep St. Mary's students in the parochial school system. "There seems to be strong feedback that if the junior high is by St. Mary's those children will remain (in the Catholic school system)," Meitler said at a public meeting in November. The consolidation will leave 12 empty classrooms at the junior high that officials plan to use for parish activities. Movement of Catholic diocese offices from the United Building to the school is unlikely since the diocese is in the first year of a renewed five-year lease at the United Building, business manager Gene Scheibmeir said. Sister Christine Doman, principal of Sacred Heart Grade and Junior High schools, said some groups have inquired about using the empty classrooms for education activities. One of those groups is American GI Forum, a local agency that helps settle and educate Vietnamese immigrants. The junior high's seven-member school board will also be disbanded next year with the consolidation of the two schools, Doman said. Some members are expected to be absorbed into the high school board. Sacred Heart High Principal Brad Killen is optimistic about prospects for the new junior-senior high. Killen, who took over in August following the abrupt resignation of Principal Kathleen Barrett-Jones, has made the school year a successful one, most patrons believe. Killen formerly served as principal at Southeast of Saline Junior-Senior High School for 11 years. He took over for Barrett-Jones, whose resignation came after the discovery that James W. Roy of Flint, Mich., who had been hired as head football coach, had fabricated his resume. She had been Sacred Heart Principal for less than a month. 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School counselor Tommye Sexton said that junior high students "will be in a different world" although they are in the high school building, by having a separate lunch period and class starting times opposite that of high school students. She and science teacher Brenda Bott are members of the recruitment committee that plans to schedule school visitation days for sixth graders and orientation sessions for next year's seventh and eighth graders. If recruiting is successful it could reduce the school's deficit with help from the Bishop's Council for Catholic Education. Money from the fund is available on a matching basis. For every dollar eliminated from the deficit through increased enrollment, more tuition revenue or fund raising and development, a matching dollar would be provided from the fund. Despite all the challenges the school has overcome the past year, its operational purpose remains — that is to offer high school students not only traditional education, but religious values as well. "Public school systems are looking at how they can teach values," Landreville said. "Catholic schools promote that. There's been a real sense of spirit and cooperation among the students and faculty this year." 11980 Q)o/u/na J MMwdteMati Administrator Barry Gruver visits with residents Paul Boston, Jeanne Johnson and Beulah Kenison in the newly redecorated library. Thank you for your support through the past six years. Our pledge is to continue to provide quality retirement living in a caring environment. 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