One of my sources gave me the run down of what happened at one of the recent meetings. (There are to be a total of eight or nine of these.)
The report was part of a 1.5 hour presentation given by Jane Belford, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Tom Burnfor (Secretary of Education) and a couple of others from the Diocese.
During this session, a very brief, hurried and confusing slide presentation was given with a focus on finances. At the end of the presentation, the stakeholders were given 10 to 15 minutes to discuss and answer a series of questions, apx. seven in total. Each group of 5 or 6 individuals was then given one or two minutes to report on the discussion.
The basic feeling was that we will not have parish schools, except for the wealthier ones but schools supported by multiple parishes.
So, what can you do?
Demand a copy of this Policy 2009 paper from the Archdiocese. Ask you pastor for a copy of it. Share it with your friends, esp. those with children in Catholic Schools.
Over the next few days, I will focus on Policy Options 2009.