Mr. Jason Bozzone, President of Pope John Paul II High School (PJP), and Ms. Meghan Callen, Director of Marketing and Special Events at PJP, were honored to be present today at the St. Aloysius Parish School Key Presentation at the site of the former Saint Pius X High School. This event was coordinated by the Foundation for Catholic Education (FCE).
The FCE recently purchased the former St. Pius X High School property on North Keim Street for $1,000,000, and they generously presented the building to St. Aloysius Parish School (St. Al's), which will move to this new location beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.
President Bozzone presented St. Al's with an official relic from St. Pius X, along with the documenting paperwork. He promised Father Joseph Maloney, Pastor of St. Al's Parish, Father Steve Paolino, Parochial Vicar at St. Al's, and Mrs. Sarah Kerins, Principal of St. Al's School, that PJP would soon be returning an altar from St. Pius X High School, along with two podiums, to their original home at the new parish school location.
Reverend Monsignor Joseph T. Marino, President of FCE, and Mr. Jerry Parsons, Vice-President of FCE, made the official key presentation outside the gymnasium entrance of the new school campus to Father Maloney and Mrs. Kerins.
Attendees at the event included Mrs. Debra Brillante, Superintendent for Elementary Schools, representatives from Mr. Parson's company, Communications Test Design (CTDI), members of the FCE, select administration and staff from St. Al's, and parent and student representatives from St. Al's.
“The Foundation for Catholic Education, along with the Executive Board of Elementary Education has made a commitment to Catholic Education in Pottstown, Montgomery County. We are pleased to establish this partnership with Father Joseph Maloney, Sarah Kerins and the whole St. Aloysius Parish Community in providing their students with a wonderful educational facility to learn, grow and reach their full potential. This new location at the former St. Pius X High School will continue to help the St. Aloysius students develop into strong individuals guided by faith and knowledge,” said Jerry Parsons, Executive Vice President of the Foundation for Catholic Education, Co-Chair of the Executive Board of Elementary Education.
President Bozzone added, "This is an exciting day for one of our partner schools, St. Aloysius, whose graduates continue on to become PJP students, as well as for the entire community. Alumni from St. Al's, St. Pius, and PJP have reason to celebrate today. We look forward to St. Pius alumni and former Pius teachers, many of whom are among the current PJP faculty, visiting the St. Al's campus and seeing life and laughter in its classrooms once again."
Mr. Parsons joked, "I hope the children who will soon be smiling in these hallways also have grass stains on their uniforms!"
The former high school will be the new home for approximately 250 students from Saint Aloysius and replaces the current landlocked campus that offers limited expansion opportunity. Currently, students are divided among four separate buildings and the layout requires them to walk outside to participate in special activities and lunch. The current location does not offer grassy fields, and the children's only play area is in the parking lot. With the increase in population in the Pottstown area and the expansion of the academic and fine arts programming at Saint Aloysius, the school is poised to increase enrollment.
The Saint Aloysius parish and school community, in a grass roots effort, has raised more than $675,000 dollars to pay for needed repairs to their new school. FCE, based in West Chester, will lease the building to Saint Aloysius for $1 a year. This visionary project, under the direction of Father Maloney and Mrs. Kerins, came to fruition in less than 12 months. The school will open in its new location beginning in September 2017.
For more information about Saint Aloysius School, please visit www.saintaloysiusschool.com/.
For more information about the rich heritage of Pope John Paul II High School, including St. Pius X High School, one of the two legacy schools that closed its doors (along with Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown) in 2010 when PJP opened, please visit http://www.pjphs.org/apps/pages/history.