Fresno Catholic school to close

Declining enrollment, rising debt force St. Helen’s School in southeast Fresno to close its doors at the end of the school year

St. Helen’s School in southeast Fresno will close its doors at the end of the school year after 60 years of teaching children in the community. The school, which has faced declining enrollment, has struggled over the last seven years to cover the cost of employee benefits, incurring about $850,000 in debt to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, which has been covering the … [Read more...]

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“Bottom line is that we couldn’t pay the bills”

Families hear the what, why and how of Catholic school closings in Oakland diocese

Just four days after learning that St. Martin de Porres Regional School would close at the end of the school year, families of pupils attending the Oakland school, gathered Jan. 23 to hear what happened, why and what will happen next after the announcement the diocese will close five schools. "We are absolutely heartbroken that this school is going to close," Rev. Aidan … [Read more...]

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