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March 14, 2008
Diocese to close one school, build another
PROVIDENCE -- The Diocese of Providence’s Catholic School Office today announced that St. Leo the Great School in Pawtucket will close at the end of this school year because of declining enrollment and increasing operational costs.
However, the office also announced that it's keeping open two other schools that have struggled with enrollment -- Burrillville’s Father Holland School and Warwick’s St. Kevin School.
And the office announced that Immaculate Conception Parish in Cranston will build a new school to replace the Cranston/Johnston Catholic Regional School.
A decision on Sacred Heart School in East Providence, which has also struggled with declining enrollment, will be announced next month.
Parents were notified of St. Leo's closing through a letter sent home with students yesterday afternoon, according to a release from the Diocese of Providence's Catholic School Office.
Faculty and staff were notified yesterday afternoon and will receive priority application status at other Catholic schools in the state, the diocese said.
In a letter to parents, Father Kevin Fisette, pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish, said efforts would be made to place students in other Catholic schools. The school will host an open house at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday during which area Catholic schools will discuss their programs.
St. Leo the Great needs a minimum of 165 students, but reported 92 paid registrations for the 2008-2009 school year. In 2004, there were 318 students enrolled. The school can accommodate up to 400 students.
According to the diocese, the new school at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Cranston will replace the Cranston/Johnston Catholic Regional School and will become the Immaculate Conception Catholic Regional School.
The 42,000-square-foot school will serve a maximum of 325 students in kindergarten through the 8th grade.
Proceeds from the sale of the existing Cranston/Johnston Catholic Regional School will go toward the estimated $9.2-million construction cost of the new school. Construction will begin this spring with a targeted completion date of August 2009.
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