New configuration of Catholic schools nixes 7-12 program in Rome

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV)- The Syracuse Dioceses announced Wednesday night, a new Catholic School Configuration for its eastern region, which will cause some changes at the Rome Catholic School as well as others.

Dioceses official stated that the eastern region will now include three elementary schools Rome Catholic, Notre Dame Elementary and St. Patrick’s School in Oneida. It will also have just one 7-12 program which will be located at the Notre Dame JSHS.

The changes are set to take place in the fall of this year.

Reacting to the news Wednesday, Rome Mayor Joe Fusco said the school's closure will be a great loss for the city.

"Very disappointed. I think the school is a great asset to the community. I know the school has been trying very hard to increase enrollment," Fusco said. "It's important to have another option. Rome Catholic was a marketing plus for the city."

Students in grades 6-11 will be offered incentives to continue their Catholic education. A $1,000 transition scholarship will be provided to any student in grades 6-11 at RCS who transition to Notre Dame JSHS. Transportation will be provided to Notre Dame and a series of opportunities will be offered to students in the next several months to visit Notre Dame JSHS.

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