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St. James of the Valley School in Wyoming set to close at the end of the school year

St. James of the Valley school (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Dave Palmer) St. James of the Valley school (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Dave Palmer)
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The Archdiocese of Cincinnati announced Thursday that St. James of the Valley School, operated St. James of the Valley Church in Wyoming, will close at the end of the current school year.

“We are very saddened that this decision was necessary,” said Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. “St. James of the Valley is an excellent school with a proud tradition. However, the financial pressures facing the parish and school are immense. Our office has been working with the school for the past several months, and we considered every conceivable possibility for the school's future. However, in the end, there seemed no other option other than closure.”

According to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, St. James School has operated at a substantial deficit for several years because of a decline in the number of students. This caused the parish to have a deficit as well.  Enrollment has fallen from 183 students in 2010 to 146 students in 2015, of those numbers, 43 students from 19 families are parishioners of St. James. The school deficit is expected to exceed $300,000 for 2014-2015. The parish currently has about $200,000 in reserves.

School parents and parishioners were informed earlier this year that the school was in danger of closing effective July 1.  Since that time, St. James of the Valley says the parish has made appeals and raised money to keep the school open, but those efforts were ultimately not able to successfully close the game needed to continue.

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