MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — An area elementary school is closing at the end of the school year.
St. Mary’s, the parish school of Immaculate Conception, currently has about 75 students in kindergarten through 5th grade.
Monday, Rev. John Titus, sent a letter to Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, requesting the school be closed.
Father Titus said, “The trend of decreasing enrollment over the past several years, changing community demographics and the parish financial situation have made this decision necessary.”
“We realize school closures have a difficult impact on families and we are committed to working with the students, families and faculty through this transition,” said Brandi Borries, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools.
It was founded in 1863 as St. Anne Academy. In 1893, a new two-story structure was built and named St. Joseph School. The current facility was built in 1963.