St. Mary’s School closing due to low student enrollment

The school opened on September 11, 1924

WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – After 91 years of Catholic education, St. Mary’s School in Ware will close at the end of this school year. The decision is being blamed on low enrollment and inadequate funding.

In a recent survey, only 24 families committed to returning their children for the 2016-2017 school year. That’s 32 students. According to the Parish, St. Mary’s School would need 175-to-200 students to be financially healthy and independent.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski reluctantly approved the decision. Below is his statement regarding the closing:

The closing of a beloved school always brings with it much sadness, which is certainly the case at St. Mary School in Ware.  I know considerable efforts were made by both the parish and school staff to try to reverse the decline in enrollment there.  Unfortunately, despite these efforts, the parish has reached the conclusion that it is no longer financially viable to continue with St. Mary School.  With a heavy heart I support this decision.

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