Diocesan superintendent says enrollment in New Canaan Catholic schools could drop

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St. Aloysius School of New Canaan will no longer drop college grades, according to Bridgeport Diocese Superintendent of Schools Steven Cheeseman.

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NEW CANAAN — Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport, Steven Cheeseman, sent a letter to parents on Wednesday saying the district “recognizes that there may be lower numbers in the upper grades in the coming years,” after St. Aloysius School officials said the school would keep its middle school grades despite the previous announcement that they would be cut.

“Now that we know which direction we are going, we must all work together to ensure the future vitality of the school,” Cheeseman said in his letter. “While we approach this news with enthusiasm, we also realize that the key to the future of St. Aloysius lies in a strong enrollment base.”

When asked if the school expects students to return next year or expects a drop in enrollment and how they plan to handle this, Reverend Robert Kinnally of St. Aloysius addressed requests to the diocese. The diocese did not immediately respond Thursday.

Cheeseman said he was “thrilled” that college grades were returning to the school.

“I also want to express my gratitude to Mr. Marasco and all those working to support the school during this time of transition,” Cheeseman said of school principal Michael Marasco.

Marasco notified the school community last week of the retention of middle school grades.

St. Aloysius will still undergo a full campus renovation because “its facilities are also aging significantly and need to be addressed at short notice,” Kinnally said in a letter last fall. Marasco said the school should be completed by fall 2024.

Until the school reopens, students will follow in-person learning at Holy Spirit in Stamford.


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