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Changes Coming to Erie Diocese Schools

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A new partnership means big changes for two schools in the Erie Catholic Diocese.

The announcement was made this afternoon after weeks of discussion.

St. Boniface School will now be a preschool through fourth grade school, while Our Lady of Mount Carmel will offer preschool through eighth grade education.  It's a move, that's expected to save the Diocese of Erie over $100,000 a year.

"The idea is some of the faculty will be shared," said vicar for education Father Nicholas Rouch.  "There will be a lot of shared programs, but St. Boniface will remain. It's identity goes back 157 years, and our Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a long history of 52 years.  So both remain as schools working closely together."

The pastors of both parishes are looking forward to the partnership.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity," said Father Jay Shultz of St. Boniface.  "Not only do we keep our doors open, which was in question, but we provide a fantastic program for our students."

"I think the most important thing is, it's going to make better schools for both of us," said Father Ray Hahn of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  "We'll be stronger, we'll have new programs, and new opportunity for the kids that we could not do by ourselves."

The changes will go into effect next school year.

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