Lehighton Catholic school enrollment, funding studied
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS A study is looking into the financial and enrollment challenges at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton.
Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Lehighton, a local Catholic school, has been under study this past year.
The study is looking at the financial and enrollment challenges and is being performed by a local group, with the assistance of the Allentown Diocese. This study was confirmed by Matthew T. Kerr, diocesan spokesman.
Presently, 86 students are enrolled at the school.
Kerr said that Ss. Peter and Paul School is presently the only school in the Diocese under study.
According to the school's website, the school has been holding classes in the same building since Feb. 9, 1925, when classes first began in the brick building, adjacent to St. Peter and Paul Church, Third and Coal streets, Lehighton.
In 1954, there was an addition to the school to meet the growing needs. The school hall and kitchen were remodeled in 1954.
The school had such a growing enrollment in 1983 that storage rooms were converted to office space and for a new principal's office.
The school also received some added space during the 1984-85 school year when the convent was renovated. That is also the year the school added lay teachers.
In 2003, the school reported declining enrollment.
Then in 2005, the school once again did major renovations to add a computer lab.
One parent sent an email to the Times News, but did not give his name. "My daughter has attended the school for nine years," he said. "I have a great deal of respect for the principal and teachers at SSPP. They are truly dedicated to the students and families of this school."