- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Four Catholic schools in the Detroit area are planning to merge into a single regional school for the 2016-17 academic year as they face financial problems.

The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1KPUNR3 ) reports the schools participating in the merger are at parishes in Westland, Livonia, Redford Township and Garden City. The new school’s location hasn’t been determined.

Archdiocese of Detroit spokesman Joe Kohn says the parishes have seen their populations grow older and less traditionally Catholic.

The schools plan to stay open until the merger, except the one at St. Robert Bellarmine in Redford Township. The parish’s pastor says the school is slated to close this week.

Kohn says more than 30 schools in the archdiocese have closed or merged since 2005. There are currently 94 Catholic schools within the archdiocese’s six-county area.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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