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ST. GABRIEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CONSOLIDATE INTO ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC SCHOOL AT START OF 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

January 14, 2021

After extensive research and thoughtful discussion, Independence Mission Schools has made the decision to consolidate St. Gabriel Catholic School students into St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

This decision has been made in the best interest of our students and families. Independence Mission Schools constantly reviews and analyzes the opportunities and challenges facing all schools in the network to ensure students are receiving a high-quality education. While St. Gabriel offers a quality educational product, the school is operating well below full building capacity. Fewer students means less funding, and in recent years, expenses to occupy and maintain the school building have increased. St. Thomas Aquinas, located in close proximity to St. Gabriel, serves students from the same neighborhoods and can accommodate additional students within its current building.

Given these circumstances, we are confident that the consolidation of St. Gabriel students into St. Thomas Aquinas is the best way forward.

2021-2022 School Year

We remain committed to ensuring that the close-knit community environment fostered at both schools will remain at St. Thomas. St. Thomas Aquinas and other schools in the IMS network can accommodate all students from St. Gabriel who wish to attend in the next academic year.

Without the financial pressures that come with operating two large school buildings in the same area, we can invest in improvements to the facilities and programming at St. Thomas Aquinas to enhance the educational experience for current and new students. Plans are in place to paint classrooms and update lighting and flooring to brighten learning environments, and we are working to provide after school care services next year.

Above all, please know that our students remain our highest priority. We will continue to provide a holistic, high-quality Catholic education in a nurturing learning environment that will set them on a path to success both in and out of the classroom.

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