Catholic Schools Increasing Programs

By Brennan Smith

March 10, 2012 Updated Mar 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As public schools prepare for tax levy increase and parents and students brace for cuts, private schools say they are benefiting from the generosity of the community.

"You realize that every child that is in class with your child, their parents have sacrificed for them to be there," said parent Jennifer Redmore.

For the Redmore family, sending four of their six children to Catholic School is a financial sacrifice, but in terms of a quality education, they say it's worth it.

"We're committed to keeping them all in Catholic schools. We see investments in technology and the sports programs and after-school programs. We really couldn't be happier," said Redmore.

"While everyone is looking at how they can cut costs, we're happy we're able to maintain the integrity of our programs and even expand them, and most importantly, we're maintaining the integrity of our art and music programs. There will be absolutely no cuts there at all," said Catholic Schools of Broome County President Richard Bucci.

Many public schools in the area are faced with making cuts, some to transportation, programs and positions, and although Catholic Schools of Broome County says it is facing rising costs, such as health care, it's able to improve its programs.

Next year it plans to add a pre-engineering program in its high school and an American Sign-Language course.

The system gets by with support from its parishes.

Fundraisers like the Green-tie dinner at Traditions Friday night raise support for the system and CCD, and of course, there's tuition, which will increase by $100 per student next year.

"We work very diligently to keep those tuition costs as low as possible, but one of the things we want to stress is that we also have tuition assistance available," said Bucci.

"I think you have to remember that dollars don't always equate to quality education. It's more about the system than the dollars," said parent Keith Redmore.

The Catholic Schools of Broome County educate 750.

There are also 250 students enrolled in its pre-kindergarten program.

Freshman enrollment has begun for next year, and it says it's receiving interest from districts outside of Broome County.

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