Bishop Clark dropped his bombshell yesterday. 13 Monroe County Catholic schools are to close. Most of them are on the west side of the county, while most of the bishop's task force seems to be from the east side. Must be some sort of coincidence.
Anyway, there is a rather lively discussion of the situation currently taking place on the Democrat and Chronicle website. As I write this there are already some 110 comments posted, about 8 pages worth.
One common complaint is the lack of any hard data from the diocese. Most folks would like to see the financial data that was given to the task force, but one or two mentioned interest in enrollment information. I'm not in a position to do anything about the former, but I can do something about the latter.
I have a friend who is a Catholic school teacher. A couple of years ago he/she gave me a printout of a spreadsheet that was handed out at a faculty meeting. The printout listed Monroe County Catholic School enrollment data for each school for all academic years from 1995-95 through 2005-06. The printout is not marked "Confidential" or anything similar and my friend told me that nothing was said at the faculty meeting about it being privileged information.
I have just finished scanning the printout and it appears below. Perhaps the diocese could supply the data for the last 3 academic years and then we would all be up to date.