"We're bringing special education personnel into our schools through speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists," he said.
These actions eliminate the students in need from having to disrupt their day by boarding a bus to attend a public school.
Additionally, Colabufo said the environment is safe and secure, class size and group instruction is flexible and foreign languages (Spanish and French) are being taught from kindergarten on up.
"We're really nearing our public school sector counterparts," he said. "Our state assessments exceed in each of our counties what the county is doing overall on the state assessments. So we're very proud of the tradition that we have in our school and the steps that we're making towards improving the quality of instruction."
Beginning next year for the 2008-09 school year, Colabufo said there would be a tuition increase of $275 to cover programs, teacher's salaries, etc. Subsequently, tuition would continue to rise in $25 increments for the next two years, with an increase of $300 in 2009-10 and $325 for 2010-11.
"However, if our student enrollment continues to increase in both the last two years, we will put a cap on our tuition increase and maintain the $275 amount each year depending on the increase in student enrollment," he said.
Right now, without pre-K, the four schools total just shy of 6,000 students. Pre-K adds another 1,000 students to the mix.
"If we can maintain 6,500 to 6,800 or 7,000 [students], I think at that point we could consider maintaining that $275 amount that second year down [in 2010]."
Celebrations around the schools
Christian Brothers Academy, DeWitt
To celebrate Catholic School's Week, CBA will be holding a ping-pong tournament this Wednesday and Thursday to raise money for Gabriel Bol Deng's Sudanese school project "Hope for Ariang" in which a school will be built in Southern Sudan.