St. Mary’s Academy to close

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Saint Mary’s Academy announced in a statement that it will be closing due to declining enrollments and growing budget deficits.

The school will shut down after the current academic year.

The school had only 20 students across the entirety of first through sixth grades, and 25 children in its pre-k and kindergarten classes.

Last year St. Mary’s discontinued 7th and 8th grades, which had just nine students, in an effort to reduce costs and emphasize its pre-k and kindergarten programs that account for more than half of the school’s total enrollment.

The statement goes on to say that the school will remain fully staffed and focused on providing an excellent education for its current students through the final school day in June.

Giovanni Virgiglio, diocesan school superintendent and diocesan chancellor, said the Diocese will work closely with St. Mary’s Academy staff and the families of students to identify alternative options for families to continue a Catholic education next year.

The Catholic School Office is also working with St. Mary’s Academy employees to assist them as they seek new opportunities for the 2019-20 school year.

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