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ACES Xavier school system to undergo changes


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Changes are coming for the ACES Xavier Education System in Appleton.

That could mean the closure of some elementary schools.

Catholic leaders say the changes, which includes a new name and moving 5th grade students to the middle school, are meant to better utilize the space available in their buildings.

Starting next school year, the ACES Xavier Catholic School System will be known as the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System. But that is just the beginning.

"It is very much a longer range plan. We want this to be viable for the long term," ACES Xavier president, Deacon Ray DuBois told FOX 11.

To achieve that goal, Deacon DuBois says a committee is studying the closure of two of the four elementary schools in the system.

"Catholic Central was one of two schools officials looked at closing in 2009. Deacon DuBois would not say if Central is on that list this time. But he did say any decision to close a school would be more than just a financial decision."

Enrollment in the Xavier schools has been approximately 1,700 students for the last five years. Some parents are concerned about the closing of elementary schools. But others say they support the changes that will shore up the school system as a whole for the long term.

Starting with the 2014-15 school year, fifth grade students would move to St. Joseph's Middle School. Deacon DuBois says the move will create more educational opportunities for those students. Parish pastors will make a final decision on the plan by the end of January.