Hudson Valley School Closing Leaves Many Beloved Teachers Jobless
A Hudson Valley school's sudden and unexpected closure is leaving many without jobs.
On August 1, an announcement was made that John A. Coleman Catholic High School in Hurley was closing down for good.
A letter to families stated John A. Coleman Catholic will complete its mission on August 30. Officials said despite their best efforts, enrollment decreased making the school no longer sustainable.
The Ulster County school's closure was unexpected, leaving nine full-time teachers, four part-time teachers and three staff members unemployed, according to a GoFundMe.
"The closure was announced to employees via e-mail. Teachers and staff have essentially been given two weeks notice," the GoFundMe says.
The GoFundMe claims the school board held a meeting in June, with school staff, parents and others, which resulted in a vote to keep the school open another year.
"It is no secret that Coleman ran on a razor thin budget in order to make it accessible to as many students as possible. Unfortunately, this resulted in lower salaries for those who made our school so special. This makes those who have been laid off even more vulnerable as it has been more difficult for them to save money," the GoFundMe said.
Money raised from the GoFundMe will go to the laid-off school staff to help pay their mortgages, car payments, utilities, children-care and other expenses.
"We have all been shaped by at least one teacher (and probably many more). It is our turn to pay back our teachers for all they have done for us," the GoFundMe says.
As of this writing, over $6,000 has been raised. You can donate by CLICKING HERE.
- Hudson Valley School Closing Leaves Many Beloved Teachers Unemployed
- Popular Hudson Valley Deli is Closed
- Every Exit Number on I-84 in the Hudson Valley is Changing
- Hudson Valley Doctor Illegally Distributed Opioids
- New York Schools Can Now Install Cameras To School Buses
- Vicious Coyote Still Loose After Attacking Mom Near Hudson Valley
- Hudson Valley Teens in Critical Condition After Fiery Car Crash
- 4 Hudson Valley Colleges Among Best in Nation
- Former Hudson Valley High School Star Athlete Killed
- Large Reward Offered After Dog Left for Dead on I-84