VALHALLA, N.Y. – Parents of students enrolled at the Holy Name of Jesus School in Valhalla will need to find a new school for their children. It was announced Tuesday that the Catholic school will close its doors for good at the end of the school year.
"There's something special that you can get from Catholic schools," said Pleasantville resident Maureen Maloney, who has a child in pre-kindergarten at Holy Name. "I'm just really sad right now to hear the news."
In November 2012, the Archdiocese of New York announced that the Holy Name of Jesus School was one of 26 schools, including four others in Westchester County, that were at risk of shutting down. A local board analyzed the school's sustainability, including factors such as tuition and enrollment, and notified the school Tuesday that it will not remain open after this school year.
One parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said Tuesday afternoon she believed it was enrollment numbers that were of concern and not dollar amounts as many parent groups raised money in an effort to keep the school open.
Multiple messages requesting comment from a representative at Holy Name of Jesus were not returned.
The school enrolls students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Tuition varies by grade and whether the family is a member of the parish, but averages about $6,000 a year per student.
Maloney said she was not surprised to hear the news of the school closing. The school went through the same process in 2010 but stayed open.
"I was more surprised to hear that it seems they're closing all of the Catholic schools around here in Westchester," Maloney said. "It doesn't even leave the option for you to bring your kids somewhere nearby."
The other Westchester County schools slated to close are in Yonkers, Briarcliff, Scarsdale and Peekskill.
With the school closing, Maloney said she will likely enroll her child for public kindergarten in the Mount Pleasant Central School District.
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