1. Why are we conducting this campaign?
In response to the challenges facing Long Island's Catholic elementary schools, the Marianists and the DOE partnered with Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm, to conduct a thorough analysis of each school. As part of their work, A&M:
- Diagnosed each school's challenges and funding needs
- Received school and parish input
- Developed a five-year financial model based on realistic assumptions of each school's long-term sustainability
As a result, decisions were made over the last two years which resulted in the closing of seven schools and the merger of two other schools into a new MSI pilot school. While these decisions were difficult, they were made to ensure that Catholic education on Long Island remains viable and sustainable.
The financial model also informed a thoughtful strategic planning process at all schools, gave school pastors and principals the financial insights needed to make critical decisions, and informed MSI's key funding priorities.
2. What has MSI accomplished so far?
A. Implemented Significant Academic Enhancements
- Launched the iReady program and "Curriculum Leads" initiative
- Achieved strong academic results:
- Students on grade level in math increased from 26% to 60%
- Students on grade level in reading increased from 49% to 72%
B. Provided Vital Technology Support
- Delivered thousands of learning devices to students and teachers (including many from low-income communities)
- Provided connectivity for 300 school families
C. Launched Two Pilot Schools
- Successfully launched two pilot schools serving an ethnically diverse and high-needs student body
- New features include a new governance structure, extended school days, free aftercare, and a dual-language program
D. Provided Tuition Assistance
Directed more than $700,000 toward tuition assistance for underserved students
E. Supported Teacher Salaries
Secured funds to provide yearend awards to all teachers and principals
F. Provided Communications and Marketing Support
- Retained 80% of students from closing schools
- Stabilized N-8 enrollment for the first time in 20 years