Letters to parents are explaining the Saginaw Area Catholic School's projected deficits. In Saginaw administrators are recommending the closing of Saint Thomas.
"A little surprised, a little surprised,â?? says Thomas grandparent Aubrey Johnson.
A study determining Saint Stephen will remain open if four improvements are made; the construction of a music room and cafeteria, making a curbside safe drop off for students, creating a secured play ground and re-appropriating their pay structure.
"If it has to be done, it has to be done. We have to spend and live within our means," said Johnson.
In Bay City, the board is asking for Holy Trinity and Saint James to cease operations.
"I understand why they are doing it but Iâ??m not happy they are shutting down Holy Trinity Family School."
The possible closures leave Saint Johns in Essexville the sole elementary school in bay area catholic schools.
"It concerns me maybe with the consolidation going all the way to Saint Johns that enrollment might be lower," said former Holy Trinity teacher Sally McCreery.
The plans for the Saginaw Area Catholic Schools are going to be submitted to Bishop Cistone as the best options to keep catholic education in the Saginaw area.
"Itâ??s hard. I think itâ??s hard on all Catholics on what to do," said McCreery.
Saginaw Area Catholic Schools are holding meetings for parents and staff to voice their comments and concerns.
February 12, 2014
All Saints Central High School Cafeteria at 6:30
February 13, 2014
Nouvel at 6:30 at the Center for Ministry