Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Closes 2 Schools, Merges 4 Other

Saint Maria Goretti School in Bloomfield and East Catholic School in Forest Hills will close following the 2019-2020 school year

Andrew Limberg
January 24, 2020 - 5:14 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop David Zubik Announced Friday that four schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will merge.

Saint Maria Goretti School in Bloomfield and East Catholic School in Forest Hills will close following the 2019-2020 school year.

The Diocese states: “Saint Anne School in Castle Shannon, St. Bernard School in Mount Lebanon, Our Lady of Grace School in Scott Township and St. Thomas More School in Bethel Park will merge to form one unified school program in 2020-21 The program will have two preschool through 8th grade sites: one at St. Thomas More and one at St. Bernard.”

In a statement Zubik says he understands that the move will upset people but is necessary.

 “As hard as it is to lose a beloved school, these steps will help Catholic education remain affordable, accessible and sustainable for a new generation,” Bishop Zubik said. “Every student will continue to have a place in one of our Catholic schools. Our children are our future, and we feel a deep responsibility to them to be good stewards of Catholic education programs in our diocese so that we can provide a legacy of faith that our world so desperately needs.”

Zubik approved the closures based on the recommendation of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh-East Regional Catholic Elementary Schools, Inc. Among the reasons:

Enrollment at Saint Maria and East Catholic have fallen over the past few years and both have debt ranging from $400,000 to $800,000

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