The Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of Cleveland, has created a new fund to provide tuition assistance for children of full-time employees of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland School Employee Tuition Assistance Fund, which will be managed by the Catholic Community Foundation, was established with a significant gift from David and Linda Kaltenbach of Oberlin. The Kaltenbachs are longtime parishioners of St. Patrick Parish in Wellington, and active supporters of parish and diocesan initiatives, such as the Rooted in Faith – Forward in Hope diocesan wide capital campaign.
“The Diocese of Cleveland has a remarkable history of support for Catholic education. Those employed by the schools, from principals to teachers to support staff, have made sacrifices to provide a quality education centered in Gospel-values to any child who walks through their doors. With the establishment of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland School Employee Tuition Assistance Fund, we will now be better able to take care of these mission-driven educators who have given so much to so many,” Bishop Perez said.
“I am most grateful to Bishop Perez for the establishment of this important fund and to the Kaltenbachs for their extraordinary generosity. This will not only be a benefit to Catholic school employees throughout Northeast Ohio, but also to our system as a whole as it will enable us to continue to attract professionals who value Catholic education,” said Christopher Knight, diocesan superintendent of schools.
In the eight-county Diocese of Cleveland, there are 90 Catholic elementary schools and 20 Catholic high schools attended by nearly 44,0000 students. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland constitute the largest school system in Ohio and the fifth-largest among dioceses nationwide.