2010-04-01 / Local & State

Two Suburban Philadelphia Catholic Schools Closing

Philadelphia (AP) – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says two Catholic schools in suburban Montgomery County will be closing this summer.

Officials say St. James Parish School and Holy Martyrs Parish School will close in June due to declining enrollment and rising costs.

Archdiocese spokesman Donna Farrell says that over the past decade, enrollment at St. James has dropped from 253 students to 60 students for the upcoming year. Officials said that Holy Martyrs, with only 82 students registered for the upcoming 2010-11 school year, would have had “to substantially increase tuition and cut operating costs.’’

Farrell says families were informed during the week about the planned closures.

Cardinal Justin Rigali says officials “always struggle’’ with the decision to close any parish schools, especially those with what he called “such rich histories of providing their communities with an affordable Catholic education.’’

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