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Families and students voice concerns on imminent closings of Bronx Catholic schools

The Archdiocese of New York announced it will be closing 12 schools at the end of the year, including six in the Bronx, while also merging four others into two.

News 12 Staff

Feb 16, 2023, 5:31 PM

Updated 490 days ago

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The Archdiocese of New York announced it will be closing 12 schools at the end of the year, including six in the Bronx, while also merging four others into two.
Families tell News 12 it was a surreal feeling during Thursday morning drop-off at St. Brendon school in Norwood as they were still processing the news that it would be closing at the end of the year.
"We were very surprised. We were expecting to place our son into the same school next year, but unfortunately, we won't get that opportunity," says parent Tryel Davis.
Students are having similar conversations and adding they're going to miss their friends.
Most say they only found out when they got the email Wednesday afternoon, with the archdiocese blaming changing demographics and drops in enrollment.
"I have a lot of friends here, and across all grades, not just my grade," says fourth grader Isiaih Hinton.
Social life is just one of the factors families will have to weigh. Convenience and quality are also at the forefront, with some saying they hardly slept last night.
All of the families at St. Brendon school will have meetings with counselors Thursday. The archdiocese will also be giving them a list of possible schools so they can start going through their options and try to figure out what the best choice is for their kid going forward.


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