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Our Lady of Perpetual Help School to Close in June

Lindenhurst elementary school among six Long Island Catholic schools to close next year amid declining enrollment, Diocese of Rockville Centre announces Tuesday.

will shut its doors next June, a year shy of its 100th birthday, a victim of declining enrollment at .

The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced on Tuesday that it would close six of its 53 elementary schools on Long Island at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

Principal Carmela Lubrano sent an e-mail to parents Tuesday with the .

"I am writing this e-mail to you to inform you of the closing of OLPH School at the end of this current school year due to low enrollment," Lubrano wrote. "This news comes with a heavy heart."

The opened in 1913, and serves students from nursery school through eighth grade.

The other to close on the island are Saint John Baptist de La Salle Regional School (Farmingdale), Saint Catherine of Sienna School (Franklin Square), Saint Ignatius Loyola School (Hicksville), Sacred Heart School (North Merrick) and Prince of Peace Regional School (Sayville).

Along with the aforementioned schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy said he has asked five schools, three in Suffolk County and two in Nassau County, to form a "strategic collaboration." It wasn't clear what that collaboration would include.  

The remaining 42 schools will remain open next year.

The decision to close the was arrived at for various reasons, including what Murphy described as "changing demographics and difficult national and local economic conditions."

Murphy also said that his Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Catholic Education completed a thorough evaluation of each of the elementary schools on Long Island. The evaluation took into account enrollment and school age demographic trends, the financial position of schools and parishes, and a review of the facilities, technology and programs offered.

"Given the decline in school-age population and the economic climate on Long Island we, like many public school districts, must face the harsh reality that we no longer need as many school buildings as we may have had in the past," Murphy said.

Lubrano said OLPH would work with parents as their children transition to new schools next fall.

"Please know that the faculty and staff are here to support you during this time and will do our best to make the remainder of this school year a memorable one for your child," Lubrano said. "We assure you that we will make the transition to another Catholic school in the fall of 2012 as smooth and positive as possible."

duffy December 07, 2011 at 11:54 AM
I am so sad to hear that they are closing OLPH school. My son attended the school from Pre-K thru 8th grade. I firmly believe that OLPH school with their caring teachers and staff helped to re-enforce all of the values and principles that my husband and I enstill at home. The school, led by Sr. Catherine and then Mrs. Lubrano, and all of the wonderful teachers and staff, became part of our extended family. I appreciate all their efforts over the years and wish them luck in their future endevours. They will be in my prayers. Thank you and God Bless.
Johnny December 07, 2011 at 04:18 PM
That's a shame.
SUE December 07, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Sorry to hear this. The school has been there my entire life! My siblings and I as well as our mother graduated from OLPH. It is a sad commentary of the extremely tough economic times.
Dave December 07, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Being a parent of children at this school since 1999, I can honestly say the news hurts. We've seen first-hand the decline in enrollment, but thought the school had another couple of years left. Our two eldest graduated (2009 & 2011), but our youngest is in the third grade, and I can't fathom her making her Confirmation with another school/Parish. Heartfelt prayers to all those affected by this decision.
peach is December 11, 2011 at 06:28 PM
When I went to Lindenhurst public school in the late 50s ad early 60s, kids who transferred from OLPH were always put back one or two grades because they weren't up to what we were doing academically. It's criminal how much lower Catholic schools pay their teachers compared to public schools. When my kids went to public school in Bethpage in the 1980s, kids who needed special services like reading or special ed would have to transfer from Catholic school to the public ones because the Catholic schools didn't have any.

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