HERKIMER – St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School in Herkimer will be discontinuing classes for students in grades 1-6, according to The Evangelist, a publication for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. The publication did not state when these changes would take effect, and phone calls to the Diocese's Catholic Schools Office were unanswered.
Currently, St. Francis de Sales, located at 220 Henry St. in Herkimer, teaches students in Pre-K (half or full day) and grades K-6.
According to The Evangelist, the school will “shift its entire focus to the youngest members of the community to serve a growing need in the far western end of the Diocese.”
The school will transition to an early childhood education center for pre-K and kindergarten students, and its elementary school program for grades 1-6 will be discontinued.
Thirty of the 52 students currently enrolled at St. Francis de Sales are pre-K or kindergarten students, according to The Evangelist. The school also has a waiting list for its pre-K program.
Two other Catholic schools in the Diocese, St. Ambrose School in Latham and St. Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls, will be enacting enrollment changes as well.
The Evangelist reports that the three schools are facing significant budget deficits during the 2017-2018 school year, and at St. Frances de Sales it’s due to a significant enrollment decline across nearly all elementary school grades.
School administration will work with families to find alternative Catholic schools for the students affected by the changes.