Realignment to Form Catholic Diocesan School on Cape Cod

HYANNIS – The Fall River Diocese has announced a realignment of Catholic education on Cape Cod.

St. Margaret Regional School in Buzzards Bay is joining with St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School and St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis to create one pre-k through 12th grade diocesan school.

St. Margaret’s will continue to house pre-k through 4th grade students with middle schoolers moving to St. Francis Prep.

“By doing that we feel that we can have stronger programs focusing the middle school education at St. Francis Prep and the elementary school education there at St. Margaret’s in Buzzards Bay,” said John Kearns, the director of the Office of Communications for the Fall River Diocese.

Under the new structure, the current Head of School for St. John Paul II High School, Chris Keavy, will oversee all grade levels with each campus having its own principal.

The realignment takes effect July 1.

“Those students most impacted would be those in grades 5 through 7 right now at St. Margaret’s,” Kearns said.

For families who are live west of the Cape Cod Canal and do not want their children to travel to Hyannis, another option would be St. Joseph School in Fairhaven.

“There is room for students in the middle school grades there as well,” Kearns said.

Kearns said Catholic education on Cape Cod is doing well, but education officials think this realignment will strengthen it.

“The building in Buzzards Bay, St. Margaret’s, is not a large one so it was kind of difficult to try to do everything at that one site,” Kearns said.

Along with the reorganization, Joyce Allison-Saucier, the principal at St. Margaret’s has resigned. Allison-Saucier had worked at the school for 24 years as a teacher and principal.

Dr. George Milot, the former Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fall River, has been named Interim Principal of St. Margaret’s.

The realignment will not impact St. Pius X School in South Yarmouth.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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