CLINTONVILLE — Today, Kyra Mitchell not only enters a new grade but also a new school.
She, like many students displaced by the June closure of AuSable Fork’s Holy Name School, now attends AuSable Valley Central.
“We’re all very, very sad that the (Holy Name) School is closing,” said Kyra’s mom, Andrea Mitchell, who was the secretary at the Catholic institution.
In March, Holy Name announced it would close in June due to the kind of financial difficulties that have beset a number of other schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, including falling enrollment, and have also shut down.
Holy Name had been educating children for a full century.
“Both my kids really loved that school; they felt like home there,” Andrea said.
Still, she noted, Kyra, who completed kindergarten at Holy Name in June, is excited to kick off her first-grade year at AuSable Forks Elementary.
And Andrea’s son, Andrew, who switched from the Catholic to the public school last year upon entering third grade, did well with the transition.
“It’s a wonderful little school, too,” she said of AuSable Forks Elementary. “I don’t have any worries about them being there.”
NO NEW STAFF
Of the 56 students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade who attended the parochial school last year, 38 are enrolled at AVCS for the 2013-14 academic year.
“We did not have to add any additional teaching staff to accommodate the students because they were spread out over a number of grade levels,” AVCS Superintendent Paul Savage told the Press-Republican in an email.
Twenty-four of the former Holy Name students attend AuSable Forks Elementary, he noted, eight go to Keeseville Elementary, and six students who graduated from Holy Name in June have entered seventh grade at AuSable Valley Middle School.