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24 NYC Catholics Schools to Close

by Associated Press
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catholic school in the Bronx, New York

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The New York Archdiocese will close 22 elementary schools and two high schools

The New York Archdiocese will close 24 Roman Catholic schools in a cost-saving move.

It says it will close 22 elementary schools and two high schools by the end of the school year. A total of 4,724 students will be affected.  The closings are part of a multiyear restructuring to cut the number of schools with low enrollment.

Since 2003, enrollment has dropped by more than 25,000 students.  A decision on two other schools remains undecided due to Superstorm Sandy. Four other schools that had been targeted got a reprieve.

In 2011, the archdiocese closed 26 elementary school and four high schools. The restructuring will leave the archdiocese with 173 elementary schools and 48 high schools next year. The archdiocese covers Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and seven other counties.

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