Project Leadership held one of its meetings at Norwalk Catholic School in the new St. Paul High library. As part of the meeting, several area superintendents and I participated in a panel discussion concerning our schools. Many topics were covered. One of the most interesting to those attending was the financial difference between the parochial school and our public counterparts. I would like to use our time this week to elaborate on this topic.
As you know, Norwalk Catholic School is financially supported much differently than a public school. Our public schools are financed primarily by tax dollars. Norwalk Catholic School relies on many sources for its financial support; tuition, contributions from the member parishes and a student's home parish, public and private foundation grants, state funding appropriated for services our teachers are required by law to perform and for other essentials, development efforts (FCEDO), and various fundraisers. These sources together provide the funds needed to educate a student in the Norwalk Catholic School.