Catholic schools consolidate ‘end of an era’ in Stamford

STAMFORD – Hundreds of parents are grappling with a decision that could shape the future of their children’s education following this week’s groundbreaking – albeit widely anticipated – announcement that all Catholic schools in the city , except one, will merge.

The Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport presented parents with his plans on Wednesday evening for four of Stamford’s five parish schools to become a flagship K-8 facility this fall. This move is expected to significantly help the struggling diocese, but will lead to larger class sizes and potential staff reductions.

“This evening is about enabling your children to have the best Catholic education we can create and offer them while meeting the challenges that have brought us here,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told a crowd of over 100 parents. at Trinity Catholic High School, which is the only Catholic school in Stamford that will remain a separate entity.

The plan is to merge Holy Spirit, Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Cecilia – all elementary schools – with Trinity Catholic Middle School.

The new school will initially operate on two campuses. Kindergarten to Grade 5 students will go to St. Cecilia at 1186 Newfield Ave., while middle school students will stay in their current building on the same street a few blocks south.

In 2018, college students will be relocated to a completely renovated new lower level in the Trinity High building, which is on the same property as the current college. While they will be in the same building, the middle and high school students will be separated.

Renovations will also begin in 2018 in the current Trinity Middle School building, which in 2020 will accommodate all primary school students.

It is still not clear whether this facility would connect with the new college within the high school.

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