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Creating a Pre K – 12 Diocesan School on Cape Cod

Dear St. Margaret Regional School Parents,

The Diocese of Fall River is committed to advancing the mission of Catholic school education on Cape Cod. To strengthen the mission, we are reshaping the schools’ alignment and further investing in Catholic school education.

As a result, we will see a vital, robust Catholic school program emerge that will benefit families for many years to come.

Leadership Change:

Prior to discussing the new Catholic school vision, I want to first advise you of a recent leadership change.

Mrs. Joyce Allison-Saucier has resigned as Principal of St. Margaret Regional School.

I would like to thank Mrs. Allison-Saucier for her 24 years of service to the St. Margaret Regional School community as a teacher and principal. We are deeply grateful to her for her commitment to the students and families of St. Margaret Regional School during these many years.

Dr. George Milot, Former Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fall River, has been appointed Interim Principal of St. Margaret Regional School. Dr. Milot has over 36 years of service in Catholic school education as a teacher, principal, and Superintendent. I look forward to working with Dr. Milot during this vital transition period for the school community.

School Reorganization Plan:

As of July 1, 2018, St. Margaret Regional School will become part of St. John Paul II High School.

Enrolled at St. Margaret Regional School will be Pre-K through 4th grade students.

Enrolled at St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School will be grades 5 through 8.

Enrolled at St. John Paul II High School will be grades 9 through 12.

Providing leadership to all 3 school-campuses will be Mr. Chris Keavy, Head of School of St. John Paul II High School. Each campus will have its own principal.

I ask that you share these school changes with your children so that they are not surprised should they hear something at school.

Path Forward:

Recognizing that this new plan has implications for St. Margaret Regional School students and families, we have taken steps to mitigate tuition, transportation, and educational concerns. Also, we are committed to ensuring that St. Margaret Regional School provides the best Pre-K through 4th grade educational program. At the upcoming St. Margaret Regional School Information Meeting on Thursday, March 8 to which all of you are invited, all of these details will be presented.

 

The details of that meeting are as follows:

Place: St. Margaret School Gymnasium

Day/time: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

 

I hope you can attend this meeting.

Thank you for your support of St. Margaret Regional School.

I ask for your prayers for the St. Margaret Regional School Community and for all those impacted during this time of transition.

I look forward to meeting you on March 8!

All God’s Blessings,

Steve Perla

Superintendent of Schools

Diocese of Fall River

 


Dear Parents:

I am writing to you about my acceptance of the interim principal position at St. Margaret Regional.  My decision to do so was not without serious prayerful discernment.  I have had a long standing relationship with St. Margaret’s that became very personal when my wife, Suzanne, began teaching there in 2011.  She loved the school and not being able to return after being diagnosed with 4th stage cancer was one of her real sorrows.  After her passing, it has been very difficult for me to return to the school.  So why do this now?  It is because I believe it is the right thing to do.  I really believe Our Lord has guided my life and this is where He wants me at this time.

My main concern and goal is to help the students, teachers and parents navigate through this transition.  That is why I have accepted the position.  Secondly, I want to help ensure that the pre-k through grade 4 program for next year will be outstanding and professional.  I am happy to report that Mrs. Joanne Gannon, who is an Early Childhood Educational Specialist, will remain at the school at my request to coordinate the curriculum and programming of the new educational structure.  Mrs. Gannon has been at St. Margaret’s since the beginning of the school year in differing capacities but she will now concentrate on curriculum and the new program.

I look forward to working with you and I really need your help at this time and for future planning.  The best results can only be attained if we work together.  At this time I am asking your cooperation in two areas: first is to allow me to be with the faculty and students these first couple of days.  I am asking that you do not try to meet with me until Friday afternoon after school and any day thereafter.  I will always make myself available, but I need the first couple of days to concentrate on the students and faculty.  I am recommending that you attend the information session with the Superintendent on Thursday evening as many of your questions will be answered at that time.

Second, I am asking the parents of students, particularly in grades 4-8, to please share the information about the restructuring of the school with your son or daughter tonight.  Since most students will know before school tomorrow I would not like to see a student find out at the school.

Lastly, I would like to use the title Mr. and not Dr.  Although I am proud of my degree I am not a physician and I do not want to confuse the students.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation and once again I look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

George Milot

 

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