NY Archdiocese schools chief Timothy McNiff lays out new Catholic schools plan

New York Archdiocese Schools Superintendent Timothy McNiff said pastors will no longer run Catholic schools under a massive reorganization in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and upper counties. The areas will be broken into 10 “regions” overseen by local boards composed of religious and lay people that will make all financial decisions for the schools. “The boards are not going to be advisory, they’re going to be what I call deliberative,” said McNiff in a wide-ranging interview with the Daily News last week, before he presented the plan to pastors and parochial school parents in the Bronx. “We kind of give the keys to the car to them and say, ‘we need you to do the managing of these schools.’” The Archdiocese closed 13 schools in the city last June. The properties will be leased or sold to charter, public and private schools, McNiff said. This will fund additional people for the boards, each of which will have its own regional office. There will also be a new sliding annual tax on every parish church in the archdiocese, which priests say will hit the South Bronx the hardest. “Pastors who never had a school before, so they never had (to give) a subsidy – now they have a tax they haven’t seen before,” said McNiff. “That’s a little challenging for them, but we’re committed to doing that.” He added that both money-making schemes will bring in “not just millions of dollars, but over tens of millions of dollars every year.”… [Read full story]

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