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Catholic school teacher layoffs hinge on enrollment

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Teachers in the Lumen Christi school system are waiting to learn if they will return to their classrooms in the fall.
This is the first year six valley schools are united under the Lumen Christi Catholic School System, which began as plan to streamline resources and grow the schools. It consists of St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Christine, St. Charles and St. Luke. Both Holy Family and St. Christine also offer early childhood programs through the system.
"We look at economies of scale, better use of personnel, enhanced professional development, so that our Catholic schools would be more accessible to more people in the valley," says Dr. Nick Wolosonovich, schools superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
A layoff notice to teachers was issued April 14 to those working at Lumen Christi schools. In the letter, Lumen Christi President Lois Cavucci states "there were some issues that need to be resolved before we can put together a sound and balanced budget for next year."
Wolosonovich says the main issue was that St. Charles and Holy Family wanted out of the system. A request which was denied by Bishop George Murry.
Wolosonovich says the requests were denied, because Lumen Christi's operating strategy is not yet in full play.
"We need time to implement all these different ideas and to let them start working to the benefit of the system," Wolosonovich says.
St. Charles Parish's pastor says the entire system is depending on enrollment numbers as they look at the budget and future teacher contracts.
"For now, we know that the largest majority of the teachers will be offered contracts, but we're not sure if everyone will be," Father Philip Rogers says.
Rogers expects the system's budget to be ready within a month.
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