ANOTHER CATHOLIC SCHOOL TO CLOSE AT JERSEY SHORE

Another parochial school at the Jersey Shore will close.  The Camden Diocese announced Thursday afternoon that the Holiday Family Regional School in Ventnor will close in June, 2011.  The following is a statement from the Diocese as posted on its website this afternoon:

Holy Family Regional School, Ventnor, will close in June at the end of this school year.

The announcement was made in a letter to parents by Father Joseph Ferrara of Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor, Father Patrick Brady of St. Gianna Beretta Church, Northfield, the sponsoring parishes for the school, and principal Sister Lydia Etter, OSF, principal. The letter noted that Holy Family’s low enrollment – 92 students over eight grades, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten – made it impossible to continue beyond this school year. Efforts to boost enrollment proved to be unsuccessful. The school was also coping with a $172,000 deficit.

Holy Family was founded three years ago, the result of the merger of St. James School, Ventnor, and Blessed Sacrament School, Margate.

“This decision should not diminish the pride we all have had in the school for its academic excellence, its strong sense of community, and its success fostering moral values in our children,” the letter stated.

To ease the transition for Holy Family students wishing to continue in Catholic education, Holy Trinity and St. Gianna parishes will offer a $1,000 voucher for students to apply towards tuition at an area Catholic school next year.

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