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SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Keeping the faith at NCCS

OBSERVER Photos by Mary Heyl Last year, NCCS launched its new STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math)curriculum, which is bolstered by the school's computer lab and in-classroom technology, such as SmartBoards (pictured above).

And then there was one. At least that is the situation for the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in this county.

Located at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue, the school offers a choice for area residents. In the last two years, with the leadership of Principal Andrew Ludwig, the school has been on an uptick.

“Definitely we’re on a rebound, and Mr. Ludwig has certainly been the main catalyst for that,” said Jennifer Askar, board of trustees president for the school. “We have new leadership that has transpired into changing the way things go around here… We’ve had a year and a half with a new board, and there’s a bit more accountability. I think more are invested into making sure we have a bright future.”

It has not been an easy climb. Before Ludwig arrived, the school was nearly closed. Now as enrollment has steadied — and even increased — there is a momentum at the institution.

It’s a wonderful story.

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