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Big changes coming for students this year at Catholic Central and West Catholic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Wednesday is the first full day of classes at Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools in Grand Rapids.

This year, both high schools will have to adjust to some major changes.

Former West Catholic principal Tom Maj is now the sole principal for both high schools. "People are excited, of course, they're waiting to see if I can lead both schools,"said Maj in anticipation of his new role.

It's a job some parents didn't support back when it was announced this last spring.

A prayer vigil was held in hopes the decision would be reversed, but it wasn't. Maj says the position offers better alignment, an opportunity to right size staffing for the schools, and greater communications.

"For me it's been exciting," said Maj. "It's an opportunity to build something special to reclaim and reclarify our role in the city of Grand Rapids in terms of a catholic school and a catholic education which has been here."

Also new this year, a superintendent of schools. That title goes to David Faber, a former principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School. His focus now is trying to grow into the future despite the economic times. He says while he can't predict the future, right now there are no plans to consolidate Catholic Central and West Catholic.

"We have two wonderful school communities and again, they have their own strengths and we believe we can sustain those into the future," said Faber.

Faber also says projections show that so far enrollment is up at both high schools. It's a positive sign he hopes will continue.