WATERLOO — While Cedar Valley Catholic Schools will close no buildings next fall, some elementary classrooms could be consolidated.
Following a decision Thursday to keep Sacred Heart School open, the Board of Education released a statement about grade sharing and facilities planning. Grade sharing between all three elementary buildings will be determined by current school enrollments with transportation provided when needed.
“For example, for the 2018-19 school year, preschool programs at Sacred Heart and Blessed Sacrament will remain combined into one location at Blessed Sacrament,” the statement says. “This is to more efficiently utilize our space and resources, while continuing to provide a quality Catholic education.
“We have a responsibility to be good fiscal stewards of our schools, and finances must be taken into consideration. Any decisions on other classes affected will be determined in the next few weeks and will be communicated to CVCS families.”
In the meantime, the statement says the board will continue to review the facilities study done by ISG-Struxture Architects and establish a clear communication process over the next few months.
The facilities study provides “guidance and options for consideration with all CVCS buildings. Additionally, other factors will also be discussed, including financial sustainability, staffing, enrollment numbers and available space. These will be taken into consideration as next steps are determined,” the statement says.
All options are being looked at to sustain the Waterloo-based school system.
“The board is very optimistic about all of the possibilities for Cedar Valley Catholic Schools, and how they can help shepherd the future of Catholic education in the Cedar Valley — while taking into account the best interests of all CVCS students and families,” says the statement.