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“The Marist Brothers will do everything we can to keep Marist High School going!” declared Brother Patrick McNamara, USA Provincial, at a meeting with Marist High School leaders in Bayonne last Thursday. The Brothers have authorized exploring the development of portions of the school’s properties as a way to ensure the school’s long-term financial stability. Brother Patrick added, “We are grateful for all the hard work, financial contributions, and generous sacrifice of school leaders, alumni, staff, students and their families and friends who are involved in building a solid future for Marist.”
Marist Brother Steve Schlitte, chairman of the School Board, said: “The exciting news emerging from our meeting is a willingness by the Marist Brothers to engage a real estate project manager who will entertain proposals for the development of portions of the school’s expansive property. The Marist Brothers’ intent is to provide enhanced financial stability for the long-term operations of the school, far into the future.”
A recently completed appraisal showed considerable potential in the property, which is located at Kennedy Boulevard and 57th Street in Bayonne. The commitment to a real estate strategy is part of the multi-faceted long-term plan which also includes building enrollment through innovative programs such as “College Now.” This program will enable students to earn a two-year Associate’s degree during their four years at the high school.
“Brother Patrick’s action will come as very welcome news to all who care about Marist,” Schlitte said. “The financial support in our recent campaign demonstrated the deep level of commitment by hundreds of alumni, friends, and community members who wanted to ensure that Marist High School continues to thrive and serve our community.”
Pictured (left to right): J. B. Wilson ‘65, alumnus and President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey; Brother Steve Schlitte, chairman of the School Board; Alice J. Miesnik, Head of School; Brother Patrick McNamara, Provincial Superior of the Marist Brothers of the United States; Tiffany McQueary ‘03, Chief Advancement Officer; and Kristin Lopez, Finance Officer. The group is reviewing the recently completed real estate assessment of the Marist High School property on Kennedy Boulevard and 57th Street in Bayonne.