Click here to open the .pdf file for permission slip for the class trip to Cedar Point, Friday, May 17th.
The Catholic Diocese of Columbus announced March 19, 2013, that Marion
Catholic Senior High School (grades 9-12) will close at the end of the 2012-13 school year
because of declining enrollment and financial concerns. Grades 7 and 8 will be incorporated into St. Mary Catholic School beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
In a March 20 letter to school families and alumni, Bishop Frederick F. Campbell said.
"This was a difficult decision to reach, but in light of all the data available, it was the only
responsible one to make. Enrollment continued to remain low and the financial picture
worsened. I had hoped that after I and school officials met with a large number of individuals
at the town meeting on September 22,2010, the situation could be turned around, but the
many admirable efforts to boost enrollment and raise needed funds fell far short of the
minimum required to sustain the high school now and in the future.
Bishop Campbell recommended the closing of the school following a March 11 meeting
with representatives of the school's advisory board, foundation board, and staff.
'The decision to close Marion Catholic has been a very difficult one," Lucia D. McQuaide, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said. "While the quality of both academics and
religious education delivered at the school remains high, we also need to consider, over and
above the financial imperatives, the quality of the overall student experience. With such a
limited number of students, it becomes impossible to provide them with many of the extracurricular activities and programs that compose a well-rounded student life."
Bishop Campbell hosted the aforementioned forum at the school in the fall of 2010 to
address concerns about the school and refocus community efforts to increase school enrollment and improve its financial position. Following this meeting, a special committee, comprising representatives of various groups within the school community, was formed in an effort to reverse the decline, regrettably with insufficient results.
Enrollment at the school has declined steadily over the past several decades, from more
than 200 senior high school students in 1979-80 to 39 in 2012-13. 1n 1988, 7th and 8th grades were added to the school to increase enrollment; overall student population this school year is 78 students.
Options for ongoing utilization of the Marion Catholic campus and the nearby St. Mary
Elementary School are cunently being considered, and events at the high school activity center, which is home to many outside activities the area, will continue as scheduled.
We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all school families for your extraordinary contributions to 'Marion's Catholic Schools' Auction Gala.
Our event was a tremendous success because of your generosity, raising over $30,000! We truly appreciate, year after year, your continued support and dedication to Catholic education. All proceeds of the auction will be divided equally between Marion Catholic and St. Mary's and will directly benefit the futures of all students who attend our Catholic schools.
Once again, thank you to everyone for your overwhelming support. Please know, the generosity each of our families has shown is greatly needed and so very much appreciated.
Minutes from MCHS Booster Club meeting are now available for the meeting of March 11, 2013 Just click on the date to open a .pdf to read the minutes.
Have you been searching for us on Facebook? You can find us here!
We also have started a new link page in an effort to keep our Alumni connected with each other. Simply email (email@example.com) us with your first and last name, year you graduated, and the URL (simply swipe and copy the web address at the top of your facebook page), to us and we'll make a clickable link from your name to your profile page. Check out our new Facebook link page here, and see if your old classmates are on!
You won't believe all of the new names we've added to our Alumni Class Roster page. over the last year. This is a great way for all alumni to stay connected. Why not add your email to the growing list today? Simply click here: email , send us your first and last name (maiden), email address, and the year you graduated and we will add it to our class roster.
We can also update your old email address, but be sure to include your name and the year you graduated!
Please remember for all weather related delays and cancellations tune in or click on to WMRN Radio for up to the minute cancellations. Want to receive a text message on your cell phone when Marion Catholic closes? Go to www.wmrn.com and sign up for INFO-ALERT.
Booster Club meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month - 7PM in the cafeteria.
Marion Catholic is now enrolled in the Amazon Associates Progam. This means that our school will get a percentage of your purchase back from every order you place with Amazon.com ordered through the link on our website, at no additional cost to you! There are thousands of items available from Amazon.com including books, movies, cloths, electronics, toys and more. Now you can save money through Amazon.com and support our school by clicking here.