St. Charles to reopen — sort of

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The mystery surrounding the St. Charles Borromeo school has finally been solved: the school will reopen.

But what kind of school? Well, therein lies another mystery.

The Sidney Place Catholic school has been closed since a small fire on Feb. 6. The Brooklyn Diocese shuttered it for good a week later, citing low enrollment numbers.

Nonetheless, rumors persisted that the school might reopen. Despite denials from the Diocese, Rev. Charles Krause of St. Charles Borromeo church was telling parents that the school would indeed reopen in September.

Turns out, he was right. But only sort of.

“The school building will be restored with the intention of reopening at a later date,” said Diocese spokesman Frank DeRosa.

Insurance will cover the costs of rehabbing the building.

But even though it’s reopening, it is unclear what kind of facility the former K-eighth school will become.

“[It will be] a Catholic-based educational facility of some kind, possibly for an early childhood program,” said DeRosa.

And that’s not all that’s up in the air.

“I will not be in charge of whatever happens at the school,” said Krause. “A new pastor will be coming in sometime in July, and it will be his responsibi­lity.”

So much for divine intervention. Stay tuned.

Updated 4:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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