Guest column by Steve Kim – Fate of a Catholic high school determined at Dec. 5 LAFCO meeting

By October 27, 2018News

Every school day more than 450 young people from the South Valley travel up to two hours each way to attend a Catholic high school, putting additional cars on the road and greenhouse gases into the environment, contributing to the horrible commute traffic and poor air quality. This also means that many South County teens are not full participants in their local communities. The time is now for the South County Catholic High School.

Families, including non-Catholics, choose Catholic education for a variety of reasons. Some families choose a Catholic high school for the emphasis on values that reach far beyond the classroom. Each of the six high schools in the Diocese of San Jose emphasize leadership through service, evident in the number of hours that students contribute annually to their local communities: volunteering at food pantries and soup kitchens for the homeless, mentoring at-risk students, visiting lonely seniors in healthcare facilities, and teaching developmentally disabled youth to ride horses and enjoy nature, just to name a few examples. The South County communities of Hollister, Gilroy, San Martin and Morgan Hill should also enjoy the benefit of these students’ meaningful contributions.

The South County Catholic High School will be a good neighbor and contribute greatly to the larger Morgan Hill and Gilroy communities. Catholic High Schools in the Diocese of San Jose enjoy an extraordinary amount of diversity in the ethnicity, national origin and income level of the student body. South County Catholic High School will continue this tradition, welcoming students from all backgrounds and walks of life. Before the capital campaign to build the school has even started, there is already an endowment to ensure that all qualified students can attend the state-of-the-art school. The South County Catholic High School will help keep kids in the community where they can make meaningful contributions.

This high school has been the dream of generations of local farming families. The proposed…

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