CLARK—St. Agnes School is attempting to meet the goal of enrolling 150 kindergarten-eighth grade students by March 15 so that it can remain open next year. As of Friday, the school had 132 registered students and has inquiries for over 145 students for next year.
Several Open Houses have taken place and future open houses are scheduled on March 3 and March 10 from 7-9 p.m. Parents will be available to conduct private tours and answer questions.
Many dedicated parents like Maria Carlucci, who has a child going into second grade and another entering Kindergarten, are currently working to further increase enrollment. She notes, “the school has a lot to offer including a new middle school wing as well as a new computer lab and media center.”
The Parish pastor confirmed that construction on a new gymnasium at the school will begin in late spring. In addition, starting in September 2010, the school will also provide a before-care program in addition to its after-care program.
To ensure longevity of the school, parents have also formed a non-profit organization, “Save St. Agnes School, Inc.” To date more than $55,000 has been raised by donations and fundraisers.
“The goal of the fundraising committee is to find new and exciting ways to involve both parents, students, alumni and parishioners in the effort to raise funds for the school,” said Carlucci. The next fundraisers for the school are a night at Tarantella’s Restaurant on March 1 and a St. Patrick’s Day dinner scheduled for Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m.
“The school and the Parish are committed to keeping the school open for the long-term. We are not looking at a short-term fix,” said Carlucci. “We are working to ensure the future of the school today, tomorrow and forever.”
To schedule a tour of the school or for any registration questions, contact St. Agnes School at 1-732-381-0850.
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