St. John Catholic School continues to move forward in their efforts to remain open as enrollment for the upcoming school year continues.

The school advisory committee announced last month that the facility was having some financial difficulties and that an oversight committee as well as many other committees would be put into place to track the best use for funds and to help to raise funds.

According to the school’s advisory council president, Laddy Rejcek, the efforts of the group are making a difference.

“We have been actively working toward raising funds and awareness that the school needs the help of the community to continue to be a part of the history here in Ennis and we are very pleased with the feedback and support we have received. We have been overwhelmed with people that want to help and that have contributed their time and efforts into making our campaign successful. We have no intention of going anywhere and are working diligently to insure that we don’t have to. St. John has been an integral part of the community for a long time and we have no intention of seeing that change,” Rejcek said.

While efforts to maintain the school are underway, teachers are busy preparing for the upcoming school year and reviewing the curriculum to make sure that it meets with the high standards the school administration expects.

“Part of what makes St. John Academy so wonderful is that the education a child receives here is exemplary. We know that when a parent pays to send their child to us to be educated, they are expecting more than an average education and we provide that. We don’t want to be known as a college prep type of institution but we strive to be close,” he said.

Fundraising efforts are also underway and will continue to be for the next several months. Plans will include the annual bizarre held at the church with all proceeds going toward the school as well as stepping up the annual “Vegas night” event the school holds.

“We are already planning to take the Vegas night event to a whole new level, to make it bigger and involve more kids. We know what the challenge ahead is and we are going to meet it,” Rejcek said.

As well as efforts from the school, the VFW Post 7106 Ladies Auxiliary has offered to hold a special bingo night for the school in September will all the proceeds going toward the school.

“Local groups have really stepped up and come to our aid. We have been overwhelmed with the support and efforts of the community to help us. This has been a wonderful opportunity for us to get to meet and work with people from our parish and school communities and we are very excited and thankful for the people this situation has brought us,” he said.

Upcoming fundraising efforts include a black-tie dinner that will allow guests to learn more about the school and its effect on the community as well as a golf tournament with proceeds going toward the school.

To be sure that the community is aware of how seriously the school is about not closing, the marquee sign in front of the facility will display a new message every month explaining their progress or simply exhibiting the positive attitude that school officials say is keeping spirits high. The current message clearly states what school administration and advisory council members have wanted the community to know from the start, “We’re here and we’re not going anywhere.”

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