ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis’ has delayed the decision regarding schools in the All Things New plan. The Archbishop of St. Louis, Mitchell T. Rozanski, says the changes to Catholic elementary schools will not go into effect until the 2024–2025 school year. Parishes could make changes before then.
Rozanski said they are looking to enact a new compensation model for teachers before the school changes take place. The church is planning for the new pay to take effect for the 2023–24 academic year.
The archdiocese is about halfway through conducting 300 “listening sessions” to get feedback from church members. Officials said nothing has been determined yet about which churches could merge, but people are concerned about the future.
“Once the new parish landscape is announced in May of 2023, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will work with our parish and school communities to discern what our parish schools should look like since they rely heavily on parish support,” writes Archbishop Rozanski.
The previous deadline did not leave time for student enrollment, administrative contracts, and scholarships. Plus, parish budgets need to be in place earlier in the year, according to the archdiocese
There are around 19,000 students who attend parish grade schools in the St. Louis Archdiocese. This includes the city of St. Louis and ten surrounding counties.
The decision does not apply to high schools. The archdiocese has already decided to close Rosati-Kain High School and St. Mary’s High School at the end of this school year.