Diocese closing St. John the Baptist school in Monaca

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The St. John the Baptist Parish in Monaca is shuttering its K-8 school due to declining enrollments and financial woes, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh reported today.

The school, which was receiving $65,000 in diocesan subsidy to stay open, was slated to have just 97 students in the fall. Father Michael Ruffalo made the request for closure on June 6, and Bishop David Zubik granted it.

"While there have been great efforts of school parents and parishioners, you note that the small student enrollment and increasing financial challenges make it impossible for the school to continue,” wrote Bishop Zubik in his response.

The $65,000 subsidy is the fourth-highest per-pupil in the diocese, and double what similar schools are receiving, Diocese officials reported. Students will be encouraged to attend one of the three other Catholic schools in the Beaver Valley area: Saints Peter and Paul in Beaver, Divine Mercy Academy in Beaver Falls, and Our Lady of Fatima in Hopewell Township.


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