Creating a Diocesan Pre K – 12 Catholic School on Cape Cod

HYANNIS – St. Margaret Regional School in Buzzards Bay will join with St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School and St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis to create one Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school.  Students in Pre-K through grade 4 will stay at St. Margaret Regional School while students in grades 5 through 8 will move to join St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, effective July 1, 2018.

“This new realignment along with strategic investments in the St. Margaret Regional School’s facility and in the education program will strengthen and advance the overall mission of Catholic school education on Cape Cod,” stated Fall River Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Steve Perla.

Under the new structure Mr. Chris Keavy, current St. John Paul II High School Head of School, will provide leadership across all grade levels and oversee a principal at each campus.

In addition to the reorganization, St. Margaret Regional School Principal Mrs. Joyce Allison-Saucier has resigned. Mr. Perla expressed his gratitude for Mrs. Allison-Saucier’s dedication, saying, “I would like to thank Mrs. Allison-Saucier for her 24 years of service to the St. Margaret Regional School community as a teacher and principal. We are deeply grateful to her for her commitment to the students and families of St. Margaret Regional School during these many years.”

Dr. George Milot, Former Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fall River, has been appointed Interim Principal of St. Margaret Regional School. Dr. Milot has over 36 years of service in Catholic school education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.

Mr. Perla met with faculty and staff yesterday to inform them of the reorganization. Parents and families were notified by email and also invited to attend a parents’ meeting at St. Margaret Regional School tomorrow night, Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., with Mr. Perla, Dr. Milot, and Mr. Keavy.

Recognizing that this new plan has implications for St. Margaret Regional School students and families, the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office has taken steps to mitigate tuition, transportation, and educational concerns. Details regarding the implementation of this reorganization and the support that will be provided to families will be given at the parent meeting on Thursday, March 8th, and in ongoing written communication.

Diocese of Fall River
Catholic Schools Alliance
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Fall River, MA 02720



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