Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Corryville Catholic will move to Evanston

School to take over St. Mark's building

By Cindy Kranz, ckranz@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Corryville Catholic School, a consolidated elementary school serving six parishes, is moving into the former St. Mark School in Evanston.

        St. Mark's parish decided this month that its school won't reopen this fall because of dwindling enrollment. After renovations to the building at 1712 Duck Creek Road, Corryville Catholic will relocate there, beginning in the 2003-04 school year.

        “Corryville Catholic will continue the proud tradition and keep the name of Corryville Catholic School,” said Sister Marie Smith, principal.

        The Archdiocese of Cincinnati determined this spring that the Corryville Catholic building at 108 Calhoun St. needs major repairs that would be cost-prohibitive.

        Corryville Catholic, which offers preschool through grade 8, opened in the former St. George School building in September 1977, following a 13-year period in which the sponsoring parishes closed their individual schools as decreasing enrollments and increasing costs necessitated mergers. The final consolidation occurred with the closing of St. George and St. Monica parish schools in June 1977.

        In the 2001-2002 school year, Corryville Catholic had 180 students from: St. Andrew, Avondale; Assumption, Walnut Hills; Holy Name, Mount Auburn; St. Monica/St. George, Fairview and Clifton Heights; Mother of Christ, Winton Terrace; and Sacred Heart, Camp Washington.

        St. Mark School opened in 1906 with 97 students. It eventually grew to more than 300, but by 2001-2002, enrollment had slipped to 100.

        “We were in the process of hiring a principal, but realistically we didn't know how we were going to be able to do that with 100 kids,” said the Rev. Jerry Steinbrunner, pastor of St. Mark Church.

        This arrangement allows Catholic education to continue in Evanston without the financial burden to St. Mark's parish, he said. St. Mark's students are encouraged to attend Corryville Catholic or another Catholic school subsidized by the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund.

        “At this point, there has been no talk about St. Mark's becoming part of the consolidation,” Father Steinbrunner said. “Not that we're opposed to that, but we're not quite sure what's all involved in that yet.”


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