SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Salem is losing its last Catholic school.
About three months after the Archdiocese of Boston announcedthat St. Joseph School would close in June at the end of the schoolyear, a group of parents who tried to save it have abandoned theirefforts.
Parent Steve Szpak tells The Salem News that after gaugingcommunity support the group decided that "there was no viable wayforward."
The archdiocese cited the school's small enrollment of about 156students in kindergarten through eighth-grade as well as debtestimated at more than $450,000 as the reasons for closing inDecember.
The school was founded in 1892 to educate the children of thecity's French-speaking community, and a few years ago moved to adifferent building.
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