Cabrini to partner with Berkley schools

By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK — A local Catholic school is joining forces with an Oakland County public school district.

Last week, The Berkley School District voted to form a partnership with St. Frances Cabrini Schools, according to published reports.

The partnership, under the Michigan School Aid Act, reportedly would consist of Berkley School District assuming some administrative duties relating to non-core courses in Cabrini for the school years covering 2012-15 and could bring in more than $500,000 to Berkley under the act.

Courses covered under the agreement include art, foreign language, music, physical education and Advanced Placement courses. Cabrini students will be considered part-time students in the Berkley district and nine Cabrini teachers will continue to teach at the school but become employees of the Berkley district.

The Michigan School Aid Act allows public district to partner with parochial schools.

Representatives with the Detroit Catholic Archdiocese said they were unaware of the partnership and calls to Cabrini Catholic Schools President James Wasukanis were not returned by press time.

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