St. Charles official addresses recent media reports

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Some parents of students who attend St. Charles Catholic School in Boardman attended an informational meeting Monday night at the parish.

Our cameras were not allowed inside. The meeting gave parish leaders a chance to answer questions surrounding recent news stories involving St. Charles and the Lumen Christi group of six Catholic schools in the Youngstown Diocese.

Lumen Christi schools include St. Charles, Holy Family in Poland, St. Christine in Youngstown, Immaculate Heart of Mary/St. Joseph in Austintown, St. Patrick in Hubbard and St. Luke Early Childhood Learning Center in Boardman.

Layoff notices went out last week to 142 teachers at those schools.

But Father Philip Rogers, pastor of St. Charles, confirmed the notices were a result of the diocese’s budget not being done, and teachers will be brought back when that spending plan is in place.

“As many of them as possible, depending on what the actual enrollment figures turn out to be, but at St. Charles, we certainly hope to see all of our teachers back. There’s no guarantee that will happen, but it’s certainly our hope,” Fr. Rogers said.

St. Charles and Holy Family in Poland petitioned Bishop George Murry earlier this year to withdraw from the Lumen Christi group, but those petitions were denied.

Fr. Rogers said tuition money paid to each school stays at that parish and is not used to subsidize any other schools in the group.

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