Some Catholic schools in Westchester, Rockland closing for good

It is the last day of classes for Catholic schools, four schools in Westchester and one in Rockland will be closed for good.

The New York Archdiocese says in the last few years, Catholic school finances have been battered by declining enrollment, rising costs and competition from other schools. The archdiocese put together a reorganization plan that resulted in the closing and consolidation of many schools and parishes. The five schools that are shutting down are St. Pius X in Scarsdale, Holy Family in New Rochelle, St. Matthew?s in Hastings, Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Anthony in Yonkers and St. Joseph in Spring Valley.

Parents and teachers rallied to save their schools when they first got word about the closing in February but the decisions were already made. Some parents say they will send their kids to other Catholic schools. Others say they will take them out of parochial schools altogether.

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