Villa Augustina School in Goffstown is seeking donors to stay open
Villa Augustina in Goffstown.
“I can’t imagine Goffstown without it,” said Principal Beverly Broomhall of the school.
That sense of community is one of the many things that Broomhall has come to appreciate during her 18 months as principal.
Fourth-grader Lucy Little said she would like to graduate from Villa Augustine like her brother did but she’s hard-pressed to cite one specific reason she likes the school so much.
Teacher Melissa Piet, the parent of a Villa Augustine graduate, said her daughter still counts the people she met in kindergarten among her closest friends.
Because it is an independent Catholic school the diocese does not provide financial assistance but it oversees the Catholic identity.
Still, time is needed to reach the break-even point, she said.
But unlike the old days, parents seeking something other than a public school have more alternatives, including charter and other independent schools.
Villa Augustina currently has 126 students enrolled, with 81 committed to returning next year. The enrollment goal is 192.
The school avoided closing its doors once before.
Two members of the order still sit on the board and the nuns have donated financially when possible.
“If we can find donors, I truly believe we can be successful,” Broomhall said. “With all the Villa has to offer in terms of academic excellence and small class sizes, where we can tailor instruction to meet the needs of every individual student, it’s vital that we do everything we can to keep it open. It is truly a special place.”
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