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Austintown Catholic school to close this year

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The only Catholic school in Austintown is closing because of declining enrollment.

According to a letter sent home with students on Friday, Saint Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary School (SJIHM) will close at the end of this school year.

The two schools were separate until 2009 when they merged into one school located at the Immaculate Heart site on Norquest Boulevard.

The letter says that Bishop George Murry has accepted a recommendation to close the school based on the limitation of finances and low enrollment.

According to the letter signed by Catholic Diocese Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, enrollment for the next school year would be fewer than 100 students, with only 21 students enrolled in kindergarten through second grade.

The school is part of a group of the Lumen Christi group of Catholic schools.

The letter includes a list of five other Catholic schools for parents to consider.

Because the notification is coming late in the school year, the Diocese is assisting families transition to another school by awarding a scholarship of $500 per child, up to $1000 per family.

If a SJIHM student transitions to another Lumen Christi School, and that school's tuition is higher, the Diocese will honor the SJIHM tuition rate for the 2014-2015 school year.

Lumen Christi Catholic Schools, formed in 2012, consists of St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Christine, St. Charles, Holy Family and the Early Childhood Learning Center at St. Luke, Holy Family and St. Christine.

The last day of classes at Saint Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary is June 5.

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