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Good Counsel Academy Will Move From White Plains

Good Counsel Academy Elementary in White Plains will relocate to Valhalla.
Good Counsel Academy Elementary in White Plains will relocate to Valhalla. Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni of Good Counsel Academy Elementary in White Plains have finalized their relocation to Valhalla.

The school, which currently enrolls students from prekindergarten through eighth grade, will  relocate from the Good Counsel campus of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion in July. The school will open in September at the site of the former Holy Name of Jesus school in Valhalla.

Good Counsel Academy Elementary had to vacate its current location because the sisters are selling the 16-acre campus where the academy has been educating students for 100 years.

The campus, which includes the elementary, along with Good Counsel Academy High School and 10 other buildings, has become too costly for the sisters to operate and maintain.

The Rev. Philip Persico, the administrator at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Valhalla, announced at a Sunday liturgy that Good Counsel Academy Elementary would be moving on-site.

“This makes our church community whole again,” said Persico. “We lost our children when our elementary school closed, and there has been a void here since then. This will be a homecoming for the students who previously had been at our parish and a unique opportunity for all of us to welcome our former students as well as so many new students, all of whom can now continue to be educated in our faith at this location. This is truly a blessing for us.”

“A lot of people have worked very hard to make this possible," Frank Williams Jr., Good Counsel Academy Elementary board of trustees president. "Pamela Matott, our principal, Robert Mancuso, our finance officer, and their team have provided solid leadership through a very challenging time. All of us at Good Counsel Academy Elementary are grateful to all who worked with us to assure that this wonderful school can and will live on."

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