Buried in a recent blurb announcing a future guest speaker is this little tidbit (my emphasis):
Mark your calendars! September 2 - Mr. Bob Voboril, Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita since 1993. In the 16 years he has been here our schools collectively have grown over 20% and have been recognized nationally for putting the Catholic faith as every school’s priority.
The announcement comes from this month's online bulletin of the Downtown Wichita Chapter, Serra International.
2009-10 Enrollment is up, parishioners continue their support
Other news coming out of Wichita indicates that, contrary to the trend in the rest of the country, Catholic school enrollment is actually up a modest amount.
The 20 Catholic schools in Sedgwick County had an increase in enrollment from 8,005 to 8,052 students, according to the Wichita Catholic Diocese.
Kapaun Mount Carmel High School reached an all-time high of more than 900 students, an increase of about 30 from last year.
Growth in the east-side K-8 Catholic schools that feed students into Kapaun, such as All Saints and Magdalen, has been faster than expected, said Bob Voboril, superintendent of the diocese schools.
"The feeder schools are doing a better job," he said.
The growth has led to larger class sizes and waiting lists to get into those schools, Voboril said.
"For the most part, schools are trying to add students without adding staff," he said.
Wichita Catholic schools don't charge their mostly Catholic students tuition individually. Instead, all church members pay for their parish's school.
Funding has kept up with growing student populations, Voboril said.
"It's amazing that in the middle of a recession, our parishes are willing to support more students," he said.
"They could've just as well said, 'Cut off enrollment.' "