Friends,

The official announcement to close the school at the end of this academic year has prompted many questions to circulate among our faith community, such as: What will happen to the Countyline Street property after the close? What will happen to the contents of the Countyline Street property, particularly the sports and other memorabilia? What are we doing to help families transition to a new school? What are we doing to assist those losing their jobs? Where will our CCD students be educated? Where will the festival be held after this year? Will we have a festival at all? What is the St. Wendelin Schools Educational Foundation doing with the remaining funds The short answer to these questions is… please be patient.

Much has been done in the last few weeks and hard work will continue to take place going forward, but these things take time. Though complete details cannot be shared yet, I can assure you that we are working on each of these concerns and more. We are meeting with representatives from our neighboring schools and are planning visits for our families. We’ve reached out to the diocesan human resource and schools’ departments for employment and other assistance. Pastoral Council and Finance Council are meeting to discern how best to facilitate our Religious Education program and more. The Festival Committee is already hard at work lining up vendors and rides for the 2019 festival. The St. Wendelin Schools Educational Foundation is meeting to put forth a plan to be announced soon to provide monetary assistance to families to attend a Catholic school of their choice. As for our property, we are forming a special committee, specifically to discern how best to manage the dissipation of our plant and materials (i.e. memorabilia, sports items, equipment, etc.). If you are interested in serving on the Property Committee, please click HERE to sign up or contact me directly (jon.hay@stwendelin.org; 419-435-6692 x402). The Property Committee is a short-term, advisory subcommittee of the Finance Council. Its goal is to identify and recommend the best use for St. Wendelin assets that are no longer needed.

Rest assured, we are diligently working on complete answers to these questions and more. We will have specific information in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please be patient and continue to pray with us as we work through these challenges together.

In Christ,

Jonathan Hay


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