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Catholic school in Austintown to close

Published: Fri, May 16, 2014 @ 10:11 p.m.

AUSTINTOWN — Four years after merging two schools in the township because of declining enrollment, the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is closing that school for the same reason.

“Given the limitation of finances and low enrollment, we had to face the reality that the numbers needed to operate the school simply are not there,” said a letter sent home today to parents of students at St. Joseph/Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

It’s signed by Superintendent Nicholas Wolsonovich; Lois Cavucci, president of Lumen Christi, the diocese’s system of kindergarten through eighth-grade schools; Monsignor Kenneth Miller and the Rev. Gregory Fedor, pastors of Immaculate Heart and St. Joseph, respectively.

The school will close at the end of this school year.

“It’s hard when a school closes,” said Randy Rair, assistant superintendent. “People care very much about the school and the teachers.”

Teachers were notified today at a meeting.

Rair said about 120 students attend the school this year, but fewer than 100 are registered for next year. About 15 teachers are employed there.

“It was tough with the teachers today because they care so much about the place and care so much about the kids,” he said.

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1Millerh113(217 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Anyone teaching in a Catholic school, read this story and take heed. It would be prudent for you to start looking for work now in the public schools; in ten years or so the Youngstown Diocese will be completely out of the education business. Parish schools are being snuffed out one by one like the candles on the high altar.

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2ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(253 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I do not agree Miller. Although sjihm was in trouble St Charles, St. Christine, and Holy Family are going strong.

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3Millerh113(217 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Those three are "going strong" now; but the handwriting is on the wall. St. Christine's enrollment is about half what it was in the 80s. The future is not bright for Catholic education, sorry to say.

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4ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(253 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Miller, the enrollment for St Christines was roughly 400 when it began in the 50`s. It did go to it`s highest to about 650 but now is back to around 400. I received my information from the school.

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