The cathedral has a plan to make school more affordable

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Catholic Community Schools in the St. Cloud area are working to make their schools more affordable for more families. Cathedral College Director Erin Hatlestad and Cathedral Activities Director Emmett Keenan joined me on WJON today. Hatlestad says:

We reached out to donors who are committed to their K-12 school so that our schools can become affordable for all students. We want to become a community school. First and foremost, we are a Catholic school but we want to serve the whole community.

Hatlestad says they’ve worked hard to get grants and scholarships, so when someone wants to get a Catholic education in one of their schools, they can. She says they have built up a large endowment that they will use for their grants. Hatlestad says getting the message across to interested families can be a challenge, especially for many families concerned about the affordability aspect. She says students don’t have to be Catholics to attend, but it’s their foundation.

Emmett Keenan says he’s glad they got through the fall sports season with little disruption. He says the student support for athletics and activities was excellent within their school and at the tournaments he participated in. Keenan is looking forward to normal winter and spring sporting seasons despite COVID-19 remaining a factor in the community.

If you’d like to listen to my conversation with Erin and Emmett, it’s available below.

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