Tuesday, January 13, 2009
7 Queens Catholic schools to close
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn proposed Monday to close at least 14 of its elementary schools as part of a reorganization that officials said they hoped would stem a steady decline in enrollment that has plagued Catholic school systems nationwide for decades.
This would be the second major round of elementary school closings in recent years for the diocese, which comprises Brooklyn and Queens. In 2005, it closed 25, and in the next two years, seven more. If the proposed closings are carried out, the diocese will have shut down nearly one-third of the elementary schools it had just half a decade ago.
Eleven schools are to be closed at the end of the current school year, according to the diocesan plan.
In Queens, the schools are St. Anthony of Padua, St. Benedict Joseph Labre, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Aloysius and Blessed Sacrament.
Some schools would close to merge with others. In Flushing, Queens, St. Michael and St. Ann schools would close to consolidate with St. Mary’s Nativity.
14 Catholic Schools May Shut Down