Area Catholic school to close? ‘This is do-or-die time,’ says trustee

Local school in danger of closing

READING, OH (FOX19) - This may be the last school year for students attending St. Nicholas Academy in Reading.

The kindergarten through eighth grade school is home to 160 students. Bridget Hoffman has a daughter in seventh grade and a son in fifth grade at St. Nicholas.

“That seventh grade class has been together since kindergarten and they’re tight-knit. It would be a challenge for them at ages 13 and 14 to move schools for their eighth grade year,” said Hoffman, who is also on the school’s board of trustees.

St. Nicholas is an archdiocesan school. Hoffman said funding relies on school enrollment and a group of area parishes across the region.

“This is do-or-die time. We will have to make a decision in the next two weeks about the 2019-2020 school year,” said Hoffman.

In an effort to save the school, organizers have put together an online fundraiser that has generated nearly $60,000. The goal is to reach between $150,000 to 200,000 by February.

“We want commitments. We want to know that we can say to the teachers that we don’t have to worry about not having payments for a year. We want to have cushion cause that’s the responsible thing to do," says Hoffman.

For a look at that online fundraiser, click here.

The school is also holding an event this Saturday. For those details, click here.

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