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Archdiocese of NY to close 22 elementary schools

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The Archdiocese of New York has recommended the closing of 22 Roman Catholic elementary schools as of June 2013.

In November, the Archdiocese announced 26 elementary schools were at risk of shutting down as part of an effort to improve the fiscal health of the Archdiocese of New York, and help ensure remaining schools are financially sound.

A decision on shutting down two additional schools on Staten Island lingers, because the Archdiocese wants to evaluate the impact of Hurricane Sandy on that area.

Within Westchester County, five schools are set to close including Holy Name of Jesus in Valhalla, Our Lady of Fatima in Scarsdale, St. Casimir in Yonkers, Our Lady of the Assumption in Peekskill, and St. Theresa in Briarcliff Manor.

The closings will impact 4,341 students at the elementary schools, which is roughly 9 percent of those enrolled in Catholic elementary schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, as well as Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties.

The Archdiocese said it would help affected families transition to neighboring Catholic schools, and also assist with those with financial challenges that may arise when registering at a new school this fall.

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