History

December 15, 2006 – The diocese announces a two-year school planning initiative entitled “Faith in the Future,” to boost enrollment, improve programs and facilities, reconstitute school boards, improve teacher salaries, institute advancement programs, and address school funding. Schools also will plan in clusters, with steering committees making recommendations on how to strengthen Catholic school education in each area of the diocese. Decisions involving the first four of twelve clusters will be announced in early 2007, with the remaining eight clusters making recommendations to the diocese by June 2007.

November 2, 2007 – After a year of study and planning, final school planning recommendations are made by school steering committees to the diocese.

November 29, 2007 – Bishop Galante announces a reconfiguration of 35 Catholic elementary schools in nine clusters in response to declining enrollments, fiscal deficits and an over-reliance on parish subsidies. After a period of consultation with school steering committees, his school advisors and a School Planning Committee, Bishop announces that it will be necessary for one elementary school to close and for eight schools to consolidate with neighboring schools with the start of the 2008-09 school year.

September 2008 – St. John Paul II Regional School opened its doors. The newly merged school is made up of the communities of Our Lady of Grace/Holy Rosary, St. Lawrence and St. Luke. ┬áThe school serves the communities of Lindenwold, Somerdale and Stratford and surrounding areas.