7/5/2013 10:29:00 AM Bus to help Albany-area students attend Catholic school
St. Mary School photo Rick Schindler, principal of St. Mary School in Stayton, stands outside where he greets students each morning. A bus will now bring students from outlying areas like Albany.
STAYTON — This summer, as parents in the Willamette Valley ponder where to send their children to school, St. Mary's in Stayton has a message: Get on the bus.
This fall, the small-town Catholic school will be sending a bus south to pick up and drop off students in Albany, Jefferson, Lebanon and Scio. St. Mary School in Albany closed this spring, leaving some parents at a loss.
An anonymous donor has provided the vehicle.
Shawn and Tami Dawson of Albany recently began the enrollment process for their second-grade daughter at St. Mary's in Stayton.
“I certainly am impressed with the outreach St. Mary of Stayton has made with respect to the transportation to Stayton for families from Albany and other areas," Shawn says. "I hope that Catholic families from Albany and other areas, including those who have students in middle school or in high school, would also consider joining.”
The Dawsons had been pondering how they would make the commute, given work schedules.
“The school continues to be a destination for many families traveling from afar," says Rick Schindler, principal of St. Mary's in Stayton.
Families from as far north as Keizer, as far east as Gates and as far south as Albany commute to the school each day.
"They’re willing to do it for their kids,” says Schindler, who is glad the bus will make life easier for some families.