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Rome Catholic to close junior, senior high school

The Syracuse Diocese announced Thursday evening that it will close Rome Catholic Junior/Senior High School at the end of the year.
Rome (WSYR-TV) – The Syracuse Diocese announced Thursday evening that it will close Rome Catholic Junior/Senior High School at the end of the year.

The diocese says it is closing the school as a result of dwindling enrollment.

In 2011, Rome Catholic leaders tried a new initiative to boost enrollment and create a sustainable future, but were unable to reach their goals.

Bishop Robert Cunningham said, “Although their efforts were laudable, the Rome Catholic School recruitment initiative did not result in numbers that will sustain the high school either educationally or financially.”

Rome Catholic Junior/Senior High School students will be able to transfer to Notre Dame in Utica. Students will receive a $1,000 scholarship if they decide to transfer.

Rome Catholic Elementary will remain open for kindergarten through sixth-grade students.

Notre Dame Elementary in Utica and St. Patrick’s School in Oneida will remain open.

The closure means that Notre Dame will be the only Catholic high school in what the Syracuse Diocese calls its Eastern Region.

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