St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford to close

from staff reports Published:

Bedford -- St. Peter Chanel Catholic High School will close at the end of the 2012-13 school year, according to the school's website.

The school "has experienced a steady downward trend that has seen enrollment decline 42 percent since 2000 -- from 403 to 234 -- and demographics show no signs of stabilizing," said Margaret Lyons, Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education/Superintendent of Schools, in a Dec. 14 letter posted on www.stpeterchanel.com.

Additionally, "the gap between tuition and the cost of educating each student has steadily widened," Lyons said. "Even with the generosity of so many in the St. Peter Chanel community and beyond, significant financial support from the Diocese [of Cleveland] has not been sufficient to ensure financial viability."

According to the school's website, there are no definite plans for the future of the Chanel building and property, but the school will work with Catholic Diocesan organizations and the local community to identify viable alternatives.

The Diocese will plan student visits to other schools and facilitate transfers for next year, and will help identify employment opportunities for Chanel faculty and staff, the website said.

"Between now and June our teachers will still teach, our students will still learn, our athletes will still compete and our seniors will still graduate," Lyons said.

Those seeking further information are invited to email SPC@dioceseofcleveland.org.

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