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Associated Press, Published February 14 2012

Bismarck Catholic schools reorganizing

BISMARCK, N.D. — A superintendent will oversee Bismarck's Roman Catholic schools under a new unified operations plan.

The proposal has been studied for two years. One of the chairmen of the effort, Greg Vetter, says a single system can be run more efficiently.

Vetter tells Prairie Public radio of Bismarck that the individual schools and parishes are stronger as a unit than they are standing alone.

Bismarck has three Roman Catholic grade schools and a high school. The system has about 970 students. The new unit will be called, "Light of Christ Catholic Schools of Excellence."

Vetter says the new superintendent should be hired by July 1. The person will evaluate the system's building needs. Vetter says one possibility is the creation of a middle school for grades 6 through 8.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.