Upon his retirement in 2001, Bishop DeSimone established the St. Monica School Education Fund to provide tuition assistance for needy families. Father Paul Quinter became pastor in June of 2001 and continued the long tradition of support and commitment to Catholic education. As of 2002-2003 St. Monica School had an enrollment of 633 students with three sections of Grades 1 – 8 and four half-day sessions of Kindergarten. Classrooms have been divided to create counseling rooms, offices, and tutoring space. Each school had one classroom set up as a computer lab. During the 2002-2003 school year, a wireless network and internet access were installed in both schools and upgraded most recently in September 2014. In the summer of 2003, a new computer lab, made possible by a grant from the Sullivan Foundation, was installed in the Junior School. Father Quinter’s appointment to Rome in March 2003 necessitated the naming of a new pastor, Father Joseph Kelley, whose ministry for many years has been in Catholic secondary education.
This experience in Catholic education, coupled with Father’s pastoral leadership, inspires great hope and confidence in the future of St. Monica School despite many challenges facing Catholic education today.
Father Kelley has overseen several integral changes to St. Monica School that have made the institution a hub for spiritual guidance as well of relevancy and innovation. Some of the many innovations incorporated into the school were: the acquisition and integration of technological resources such as iPads to be utilized in making instruction dynamic and relevant to 21st century learners, the installation of a state-of-the-art science lab enabling students to have a dynamic, hands-on experience of the science curriculum, and the incorporation of a new music program and school band nurturing the whole student. With the implementation of these essential innovations, the school community has been enabled to be competitive in an ever-changing environment while upholding its mission to foster spiritual growth and morality among the constituents of this school community. Faculty and administration have also been empowered through these upgrades and the continual support of Father Kelley to encourage students to be lifelong learners, compete in the global marketplace, and be Catholic role models and productive members of society.