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The verdict is in...Marist will remain open!

Published:  April 29, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Head of School Alice J. Miesnik was notified by Brother Patrick McNamara, Provincial of the Marist Brothers of the United States, that Marist High School will remain open. “This was the best phone call I have ever received!” said Ms. Miesnik.

On March 21, the announcement was made by the Marist Brothers who own and operate Marist High School, that the school would be closing since the Brothers could no longer financially sustain the school’s operating budget. On that same day, Friends of Marist Inc. launched the Save Marist NJ Campaign to raise the necessary funds. The campaign to date has raised $755,571. “The Brothers were so impressed with the school community for their excellent efforts in fundraising and their tremendous hard work in meeting the challenges of the past month,” said Ms. Miesnik.

In a statement by the Marist Brothers, they acknowledged the school's success, writing:

The Provincial Council recognizes the tremendous hard work and effort the school put forth in its recent Save Marist NJ campaign. While the campaign did not reach its goal of $1.5 Million, it did raise a significant amount which has secured the school to be open for the next academic year.

At Ms. Miesnik’s latest meeting with the school community, she emphasized that although the school proved we could sprint, we now have to commit to the marathon.  The next step will be the formation of a long-range strategic plan that will pave the way forward. The Brothers’ statement clarified this: 

While Marist High School has made considerable efforts to secure its future, the campaign to keep Marist High School a viable option for education in Hudson County will need continued diligence in three critical areas: increasing student enrollment, increasing fundraising efforts, and continued collection of student tuition.

“Over the next month, the School Administration and School Board will work to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that will address these needs and secure Marist’s future,” said Ms. Miesnik. “Marist High School will do whatever it takes to ensure that the Marist mission of ‘making Jesus known and loved through the Christian education of youth’ continues at Marist High School, Bayonne.”

Ms. Miesnik wants to express her heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has helped to save Marist High School. “Words cannot describe my gratitude to the parents, students, faculty and staff, alumni, Board Members, community partners, and the many, many friends of Marist who contributed to the success of the campaign. None of this would have been possible without them,” said Miesnik. “This is a special place, and the last month has shown that. Marist High School has emerged from this miracle month stronger than ever and based on the support from this campaign, I am confident that Marist will remain open for years to come.”

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