Several hundred Long Island parents and students Saturday protested a plan by the Diocese of Rockville Centre to close six Roman Catholic grammar schools in June. The hourlong rally, held in front of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, buoyed hopes that Bishop William Murphy would stop the closures or be willing to consider alternatives, such as allowing parents to manage the schools without diocesan oversight or financial support.
The schools slated to be closed are St. Ignatius Loyola School in Hicksville; Prince of Peace Regional School in Sayville; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Lindenhurst; Sacred Heart School in North Merrick; St. John Baptist De LaSalle Regional School in Farmingdale; St. Catherine of Sienna School in Franklin Square.
Should the Diocese of Rockville Centre move forward with its plan to close six grammar schools?
Pictured: From left, Cassandra Kender, 9, and Deborah Greulich, with her daughter Natalie, 9, and son William, 5, protest the closing of Catholic grammar schools at a rally held outside St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. (Jan. 21, 2012)