School to add grades
Over the next two years, St. Joseph's Catholic School in Moorhead will expand to include seventh and eighth grades. The school plans to offer seventh grade in 2007 and eighth grade in 2008. The process was parent-driven, said Mike Foltz, pastor o...
Over the next two years, St. Joseph's Catholic School in Moorhead will expand to include seventh and eighth grades.
The school plans to offer seventh grade in 2007 and eighth grade in 2008. The process was parent-driven, said Mike Foltz, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and school superintendent.
"Our parents told us clearly that they want to be able to continue the Christ-centered education offered by our school," Foltz said in a news release.
A committee of parents worked for more than a year on the possibility of adding the grades.
The school building will not be expanded, but rather existing classrooms and other space will be reconfigured to accommodate the additional grades and students, Foltz said.
An expansion committee made up of parents, faculty and administrators will start meeting next month to go over classroom needs and curriculum details.
The school offered classes through the eighth grade until the late 1980s.
"Our community has grown in the past 25 years and our educational system here also has seen significant change," Foltz said. "Our parents felt strongly that now was the time for an expansion of Catholic education in Moorhead."
Foltz added that both enrollment and financial support have grown in recent years.
Another reason for expansion is that most other local schools have shifted to a middle school model of education. Since most of St. Joseph's students transition either to the Moorhead School District or the Fargo Catholic Schools Network, Foltz said expanding St. Joseph's will make that changeover easier.
"Having all of those grades in one building gives our students options for spiritual, educational and emotional growth that might not be possible otherwise," Foltz said.
There are about 200 students in preschool through sixth grade in the school.
St. Joseph's Catholic School serves the parishes of St. Joseph's and St. Francis de Sales in Moorhead as well as the surrounding community.
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