St Charles Borromeo School a Part of SF Mission History Will Close

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first_imgAfter 129 years in operation in the Mission, St. Charles Borromeo School at 3250 18th St. will suspend operations in June, citing low enrollment and an inability to meet an expensive construction budget for outstanding seismic retrofit work.“There has been a steady declination over the last five years and it’s been really dramatic over the last three years,” said Michael Brown, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Enrollment levels at St. Charles, a school that has served one immigration population after another over the course of its history, have dropped by almost half in five years. At present, only 81 students are enrolled, down from 188 students in the 2011-12 school year. Efforts to build enrollment have been unsuccessful, according to Brown.“Several hundred [students] is what a school like this was able to thrive on,” said Brown, adding that the shrinking class sizes have not fostered a stable educational environment for the school’s students. “These are very small classes with just a few students. The socializing of education takes place is medium-sized classrooms.” Tags: 18th Street • Catholic Church • elementary schools • immigrants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% But enrollment challenges aren’t unique to the Mission District Catholic school. St. Charles’ sister schools are also grappling with a shrinking student body, according to Brown.While Brown said he is unable to speculate as to why enrollment has taken a hit in recent years, he said that the changes are in line with changes in San Francisco’s neighborhoods. “People move in and out,” said Brown.Father Tony McGuire, a retired priest at St. Patrick Church at 756 Mission St. and a former pastor at St. Matthew Catholic School in San Mateo, said that enrollment is “very uneven” at Catholic schools in the greater Peninsula. St. Matthew’s, for example, is boasting an enrollment of some 600 students.“There are more families living in the Peninsula,” said McGuire, adding that in San Francisco, “neighborhoods are changing” along with high rents and increasing costs of living – families, he said, are moving out. Because of its location in a traditionally diverse, working class neighborhood, St. Charles served many immigrant and low-income students. Since 1982, the school has been staffed by the Dominican Sister of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines. “They have had for years the Filipino sisters there – that spoke to a lot of immigrant families,” said McGuire. In an effort to serve the local community, St. Charles also offered a generous financial aid program. “Most of the kids who come here, it’s because we get a lot financial aid,” said Reyes. “The families here, they depend on it.”But Reyes said change swept the school about five years ago, when he noticed a sudden exodus of faculty and students. “They changed the education curriculum and the personnel inside. We used to receive a lot of help from beneficiaries, but that stopped,” said Reyes.  “My son repeated a year because of the changes.  You know, how expensive it is to cover a another year of tuition?”According to Reyes, other families left the school when their children were asked to repeat grades during that time. “The quality of education went down dramatically. Not too many students were achieving what they wanted to achieve. A lot teachers left, and only a few of the good ones remained,” said Reyes.Father Jimenez, the school’s pastor who also runs the parish across the street, at 713 South Van Ness Ave., worked hard to keep the school going, said Reyes, even teaching classes there himself.“It’s a shame,” said Reyes. “It was such a good school.” Once the students have been relocated, efforts will be made to upgrade its structure and a plan hashed out to boost enrollment and ensure future sustainability, said Brown. The property will remain in the hands of the Archdiocese, which will maintain the property’s educational purpose. “It’s intended to be a school,” said Brown. “St. Charles will reopen once the work is done and there is a viable method to build enrollment and to make it space where quality education can take place.” 0%center_img A GoFundMe campaign is seeking to raise $7 million to pay for the retrofit of the K-8 elementary school, and some $200 have been raised since the campaign’s launch on Thursday.  But even if the money were raised, it is unclear what would happen because enrollment shows no signs of recovering.  Even older than the school is the building that houses it – at 130 years, it faces “imminent serious construction and seismic challenges,” according to a press release posted to the Archdiocese’s website. The Archdiocese operates 51 Catholic diocesan and parish elementary schools throughout the City, Marin and San Mateo counties.“We need a lot of help,” said a parent of a St. Charles kindergartner who gave his name as Alfredo. Parents and students, who were notified this week, were unsure of the next steps.St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. Photo by Lola M. ChavezA meeting will be held on Sunday at the school and again on March 2 to inform parents of their children’s Catholic school options. Transitioning students into St. Charles’ sister schools, St. James Catholic School and St. Anthony Immaculate Conception School, both located in the Mission, will be a priority, according to the Archdioceses’ press statement.“I don’t know what will happen next, it all depends on the meetings,” said Erlison Olivares, the father of a St. Charles seventh grader referring to his own situation.“We live here and have to find a school in the [Mission]. My daughter has been a [St. Charles] student for seven years, her cousin also goes here too – it’s sad for her that she will not have a chance to finish her education here.”The school’s director and pastor, Father John Jimenez, could not be reached for comment by press time, but the Archdiocese confirmed in an announcement on Tuesday that instruction will be halted indefinitely at the end of the school year and that is unlikely to reopen anytime soon.Other Catholic schools around the city have also seen “slight declines” in enrollment said Brown, but “nothing matches numbers at St. Charles.”Former Mission resident and restaurateur Christopher Reyes has had three children pass through the school – when his eldest daughter graduated eighth grade, there were 36 students in her graduating class. Reyes’ 14-year-old son, also named Christopher, will be graduating this June alongside just 12 other students.Reyes’ son will not be affected by the school’s closure, but nonetheless expressed disappointment.“It’s very sad, I have been at this school since Kindergarten,” said Christopher. “I think it will have more of an impact on seventh graders, they will have to adjust to a new school, new classes and new friends next year.” Reported news isn’t free. Pitch in and keep us here. Thank you! last_img read more


Defensive boulders arrive at a cleared SF homeless encampment

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first_img“It’s more cost-effective than what we were doing,” Stringer said, referring to the weekly cleanups Public Works performed before the encampment was cleared. “We were doing cleanups three or four times a week to keep garbage out.”  Public Works will continue to install the boulders over the next month, Stringer said. “That is just typical anti-homeless landscaping,” said Kelley Cutler of the Coalition on Homelessness about the boulders. She compared them to the highly criticized “anti-homeless” spikes that were being installed throughout London. “This is simply the same thing, but with boulders,” Cutler said. The strategy isn’t new in the United States. Similar strategies have been criticized in San Diego, and more recently — like this week — in Seattle. In July, redesign plans for the San Francisco Library’s Castro branch faced criticism for employing “defensive design,” which included hard rocks, spiky plants, and metal railings on the library’s exterior. After a homeless encampment was removed in 2013 under Interstate 280 freeway near the downtown Caltrain station, Caltrans installed $300,000 worth of fencing to keep campers from moving back. Walking through the Hairball recently, it became clear that some of the boulders were placed strategically, while others were clustered in certain areas, leaving plenty of room for people to occupy. Stringer said that boulders are now being “stockpiled” in certain areas and will be relocated throughout the property. Robin Walter, who has been sleeping in a tent at the Hairball, said she noticed the Public Works crews start installing the boulders two and half weeks ago. “It’s stupid,” she said. “You could still put something there, and two of us could easily move them.” Stringer said there are no penalties for tampering with the boulders, but California Highway Patrol — who has jurisdiction over the Caltrans-owned land — could issue citations for trespassing on the property.Some boulders are “stockpiled” in areas and will be spread throughout the property. Photo by Julian Mark. Tags: department of public works • homeless • homelessness Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img The Department of Public Works has installed $8,700 worth of boulders as a defense against homeless “re-encampment” underneath the tangle of freeway overpasses at Cesar Chavez and Potrero Avenue known as the Hairball. More boulders are on their way. “We put them in there to help deter re-encampment a bit and for aesthetics, just to change it up,” said Larry Stringer, deputy director of operations at Public Works. In November, the city cleared a sprawling encampment at the Hairball that had persisted there for years. At present, only a few homeless residents remain under the overpass, while others have moved to surrounding sidewalks.   last_img read more


THE Saints have been working with Merseyside Polic

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first_imgTHE Saints have been working with Merseyside Police and Liverpool Landrover to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink and drugs.Players in the Academy were given messages about drink and drug driving as part of their continuing education and development on and off the pitch.“Driving is a privilege and the Club wants to do all it can to ensure that our young players have the best education into driving responsibly,” Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw said. “This session provided an excellent opportunity for our young drivers to increase their awareness and help them to make better decisions in the future.”Sgt Paul Mountford from the Roads Policing Department added: “This is an innovative scheme in which the players learnt about the effects of alcohol and the various drugs that can affect their driving ability, including medicines.“Young drivers are more at risk of being involved in collisions than any other age group and there is an enormous amount of ignorance of the effects of alcohol and drugs.“This was a great opportunity for Merseyside Police, St. Helens R.F.C. and a large local car dealership to team up to promote an important message”.A local Landrover dealership contributed to the training by loaning a state-of-the-art ‘Evoque’ vehicle for the day.last_img read more


SAINTS have announced their squad for Saturdays R

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first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Saturday’s Round 23 Super League match at Catalan Dragons.Anthony Walker returns to the side with Adam Swift retaining his spot following his double over Wigan.Luke Thompson and Joe Greenwood both miss out.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tommy Makinson, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 27. Anthony Walker, 36. Stuart Howarth, 37. Gareth O’Brien, 38. Greg Richards.Laurent Frayssinous will select his Catalan Dragons side from:3. Leon Pryce, 4. Zeb Taia, 6. Thomas Bosc, 9. Ian Henderson, 11. Steve Menzies, 13. Gregory Mounis, 14. William Barthau, 15. Antoni Maria, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 17. Kevin Larroyer, 18. Daryl Millard, 20. Mickael Simon, 22. Jamel Fakir, 23. Lopini Paea, 25. Vincent Duport, 26. Frederic Vaccari, 28. Morgan Escarē, 31 Elliott Whitehead, 32 Benjamin Garcia.The game kicks off at 5pm (English time) and the referee is Ben Thaler.Stat Pack:St Helens have won their last four away meetings with Catalan Dragons, last losing on French soil on 15 March, 2008 (24-10).2013 Meeting:St Helens 12, Catalan Dragons 22 (SLR12, 12/4/13Super League Summary:Catalan Dragons won 7St Helens won 9Highs and Lows:Catalan Dragons highest score: 34-32 (A, 2012) (Widest margin: 21-0, H, 2007)St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Personal Milestones:Paul Wellens needs nine points to reach 1,000 for his career.He has scored 945 points (216 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens since 1998. He has also scored points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries). Wello needs one appearance to become only the second player to reach a total of 400 Super League games. Wellens is 14 games behind all-time appearance leader Keith Senior, with current players Kevin Sinfield and Lee Gilmour next in the standings.Super League Appearances – All-time leaders1 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 4132 Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 3993 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 3984 Lee Gilmour (Castleford/Huddersfield/St Helens/Bradford/Wigan, 1997-present) 3945 Danny Orr (Castleford/Harlequins/Wigan, 1997-2012) 3826 Keiron Cunningham (St Helens, 1996-2010) 3817 Jamie Peacock (Leeds/Bradford, 1999-present) 3788 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-present) 3749 Leon Pryce (Catalan Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 36910 Andy Lynch (Hull FC/Bradford/Castleford, 1999-present) 364last_img read more


TEE off with the Saints and join our Official Club

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first_imgTEE off with the Saints and join our Official Club Golf Day!It will be held on Tuesday September 6 at Houghwood Golf Club.For £240 per team (+ VAT) of four, or £72 (+ VAT) a player, you can enjoy a great round of golf with the Saints.Arrival is 12.00pm for a shotgun start and you will enjoy coffee and bacon barms before you tee-off.After your round there will be a dinner and prizes for the best golf on display.Buggies are available on request.For hole and challenge sponsorship – and to book – call 01744 455 080 or email Neil Douglaslast_img


After running in 12 tries against Huddersfield las

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first_imgAfter running in 12 tries against Huddersfield last week, 11 followed at the AJ Bell Stadium as Justin Holbrook’s side put the Devils to the sword.Ben Barba was at his imperious best with a hat-trick, whilst Regan Grace and Ryan Morgan both scored braces in the rout.And 32 of the points came when they were down to 12 men too as Matty Lees was sent off just before the end of the first half.His tackle on Niall Evalds earning him a red card.Unsurprisingly the first half was all Saints and the brilliant attacking display began in the first five minutes.After forcing an error, Matty Smith, deputising once more for the injured James Roby, fed Danny Richardson and he linked up with Barba to send Tommy Makinson in.Ten minutes later, Makinson turned provider as he out-jumped Greg Johnson to collect Richardson’s high kick and offloaded to the supporting Dom Peyroux.At 10-0 Saints were already turning the screw and it got much better as from the restart they scored again.This time combination of Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival sent Grace away down the left hand side.Buoyed by his scintillating try against the Giants the week before, the youngster then stepped inside his opposite number to put Barba under the black dot for his 13th of the year.Shortly afterwards, Barba was putting Ryan Morgan over for his first of the night.Salford hit back through Tyrone McCarthy for 22-6 but the quick thinking of Barba stopped any chance of another which would have made it game on.With the Devils camped on Saints’ line, he read the mind of Josh Wood, picked off his offload and went the length of the field.Saints were now well in charge but any thoughts of cruising home with the points took a hammer blow when Matty Lees was sent off two minutes before half time.Salford’s Niall Evalds had cleaned up a bouncing ball but with player ‘un-tackled’, Lees flew in, struck the full back, and forced the ball loose.Saints duly touched it down but it was chalked off for that hit, and Lees was sent off.Holbrook’s men didn’t hang around to lick their wounds though and after forcing another error, Richardson, Lomax and Percival interplayed to send Grace spectacularly over in the corner.Saints 32-6 to the good at half time.Holbrook knew the Devils would come at his side in the second half, looking to exploit the inevitable gaps with a man advantage.And they almost did that early on as back to back penalties put them right on the visitor’s line.But Saints weathered the pressure, went up the other end of the field and scored.A towering bomb was knocked-on by young Jake Shorrocks and from the resultant set, Barba hit Grace for his second of the evening.And it got better as from the restart, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook went 45 metres and within the blink of an eye, Lomax had found Mark Percival for another try.Ben Barba then notched up his hat-trick as he took Richardson’s cute grubber.Parity in numbers, for 10 minutes at least, came as Junior Sa’u saw yellow for a late flop on Ryan Morgan.Saints should have gone further ahead too but Peyroux’s pass to Richardson was forward.The game was then halted for a significant period as Barba was stretchered off with a neck injury – but Saints regrouped and scored twice in three minutes.Theo Fages produced a bit of magic on 75 minutes before Makinson’s chip over the top saw Ryan Morgan collect for his second.Kris Welham crossed at the end for the Devils but it always was Saints night.Match Summary:Devils: Tries: McCarthy, Welham Goals: Shorrocks (1 from 2)Saints: Tries: Makinson, Peyroux, Barba (3), Morgan (2), Grace (2), Percival, Fages Goals: Richardson (8 from 11)Penalties Awarded: Devils: 8 Saints: 6HT: 6-32 FT: 10-60REF: C KendallATT: TBCTeams:Devils: 5. Niall Evalds; 2. Greg Johnson, 4. Junior Sa’u, 3. Kris Welham, 24. Jake Bibby; 28. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Jack Littlejohn; 23. Lee Mossop, 9. Logan Tomkins, 16. Luke Burgess, 10. George Griffin, 15. Ryan Lannon, 13. Mark Flanagan. Subs: 8. Craig Kopczak, 14. Lama Tasi, 17. Tyrone McCarthy, 19. Josh Wood.Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 7. Matty Smith, 16. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Dom Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 20. Matty Lees.last_img read more


Heavy rain leads to flooding of local roads

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first_img Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Darlington Avenue in Wilmington also became flooded and was blocked off by police. 1 of 7 Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on wet roads, and to avoid roads that are flooded. Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After days of wet weather, with extremely heavy downpours Saturday, some area roads became flooded.The National Weather Service reported water on Putnam Road in Ogden reached between 12 and 18 inches deep, and water on partof College Road near Oleander Drive was between 6 and 8 inches deep.- Advertisement – Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson)last_img read more


Salvation Army needs help making 3000 Christmas wishes come true

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Christmas is a special time of year for many. After Hurricane Florence, many families are struggling to celebrate the season. The Salvation Army has promised to make 3,000 children’s Christmas wishes come true.Salvation Army’s Major Mark Craddock says they still have a big need. The former Harris Teeter in Ogden Park is the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree distribution center. Hundreds of toys and clothes fill the center but there is still a lot of open space that should be filled.- Advertisement – Craddock says it takes just three steps to participate: adopt a child, buy a gift and return it to the Salvation Army by December 10th. There are multiple ways to access the Angel Trees to adopt an angel including at Independence Mall, some local businesses and on the Salvation Army of Cape Fear Facebook. “What we at the Salvation Army find is that if we can help people have a good Christmas then, money that they might divert from other family needs such as rents and medicines and food they can actually put back into those needs,” said Craddock.On December 5th, the Salvation Army and King of Christmas will be giving away 500 new Christmas trees at the Angel Tree distribution center to anyone who may need one.Related Article: 34th Annual Holiday Flotilla draws big crowdsCraddock says the Salvation Army works to recreate amazing Christmas memories for every child each year.last_img read more


CFPUA sanitary sewer overflow

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first_img CFPUA estimates that 1,500 gallons spilled into a drainage ditch tributary to Pages Creek. The area has been cleaned and the spill was reported to the N.C. Division of Water Quality.CFPUA laboratory will be collecting samples in the area to determine environmental impacts. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow report that happened on Tuesday around 1:45 p.m. on Mallow Rd.A manhole ring and cover was dislodged by storm debris clean up, causing the debris to fall into the manhole blocking the line, crews cleared the blockage stopping the spill around 2:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img


Watch Government is controlling information – Delia

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first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The Leader of Partit Nazzjonalista Adrian Delia stated that government is controlling information. Delia was referring to the Leader of Partit Laburista Joseph Muscat’s rejection to an on-air debate during the television programme Xarabank this evening.During a short news conference, the Leader of the Opposition said that the public is being withheld information, as Government is controlling what is being aired on the national television station. Delia himself and Muscat were invited to participate in a debate during the programme Xarabank, Delia said. Delia added that whilst he accepted the invitation, Muscat rejected the offer for strategic purposes.The Leader of PN described that through this action, the public is being denied the opportunity to listen and follow a debate between the Party leaders. Delia reminded that it was in fact Muscat himself who stated that the election is between Delia and himself. Delia believes that this is pecking at democracy.Government had also adjourned Parliament towards the elections without being agreed upon by the Opposition, stated Delia. “We had already fixed a number of sessions where we were going to discuss embryo protection”, concluded Delia.Video: PNWhatsApplast_img read more