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Diocesan Schools Begin to Open

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Catholic schools in the Diocese of Raleigh began opening for the 2009-2010 school year this week, with students reporting for class in both Fayetteville schools.  Saint Ann’s opened August 11 with Saint Patrick’s opening August 12. Four schools are set to open Monday, the 17th. They are Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rocky Mount, Saint Mary in Goldsboro and Saint Raphael and Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh.

The Diocesan school system includes 22 elementary and middle schools, one high school and nine early childhood centers. Total enrollment in the 32 facilities for the new school year is approximately 9,000 students. The system has more than 800 educators, including three new principals this year; Dr. Lorraine Powers at Saint Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest; Mrs. Dana Corcoran at Immaculata in Durham and Mr. John Donohue at Saint Egbert in Morehead City.

The 32 principals and early childhood center directors met with Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Fedewa and his staff on August 7 to review policies and procedures for the new school year. Forty-one teachers entering the Diocesan system attended an orientation with the Diocesan staff August 5.

This fall, Cathedral School and Cardinal Gibbons High School conclude their centennial anniversaries, while Immaculata in Durham begins celebration of its 100th year of serving the community.

On November 9-10, the Diocese of Raleigh will host the North Carolina Catholic Schools Conference, a joint effort with the Diocese of Charlotte, that brings together staff from both systems for staff development and the opportunity to worship together. The conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Above: Several of the new teachers attending Diocesan schools orientation hosted by Diocesan Schools Office.

Below: Four principals taking part in the annual Opening of School Principals/Directors meeting. Both events were held at Cardinal Gibbons High School.