St. Virgilius, at 16 Noel Road, was one of nine parochial schools in Queens pegged for closure by the diocese, which cited declining enrollment and changing demographics.The Broad Channel school fought the planning closing and was given the opportunity to submit a five-year business plan to the diocese, which was approved last Wednesday before Easter break. The plan ensures that the school will stay open for the next five years."I'm very happy that they did (keep the school open). That school was very unique," said Judy Strelnick, a parent of three children who attend the school. She said the small class sizes and the school's curriculum make the school special and should boost future enrollment. In her son's class, for example, the student-teacher ratio is 10-to-1.The diocese could not be reached for comment.Included in the business plan are enrollment incentives; a provision to provide computers and interactive teaching for students; bus transportation for students who live outside the community; universal pre-kindergarten; and an after-school program with the YMCA, according to John Spataro, chairman of the school's business plan committee.
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