The letter also states that construction directors Bridget Bartholomew, Matt Rizzo and Kerstin Santarelli would take over the reins in the meantime, and they will be led by Kathleen Cepelka, Headmistress of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
“During this time, we have every confidence that St. Joseph Catholic Academy will continue its legacy of excellence under the direction of (the site managers),” the letter reads. “The day-to-day running of the school and its mission as a Christ-centered school designed to raise the whole child will not change.
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“You can also be sure that the priests of our 10 supporting parishes fully support the St. Joseph Catholic Academy, its directors, teachers, staff, students and parents. As soon as more information is available or decisions are made, we will share them with you openly and transparently. “
Moynihan was selected as Freund’s replacement after an extensive national search by the board of directors of St. Joseph Catholic Academy. Moynihan previously served as President of the Haitian Project and director of the Louverture Cleary School, a free private Catholic secondary school outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for more than 20 years.
Petition in circulation
Earlier this fall, Kenosha News received a link to a petition posted on change.org that wanted to replace Moynihan. Voicemails and Facebook messages were left for the petition organizer as well as the person who sent the link to the newspaper, but they were not returned.