- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A new Catholic school system in Belleville will combine three area school campuses under the name Notre Dame.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1BvLNzb ) the bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, the Most Rev. Edward Braxton, announced the new name in a letter Monday to parents and students at St. Mary-St. Augustine and Cathedral schools. Notre Dame will also include St. Mary’s School.

School and church leaders in October announced the merger planned for next fall. The schools will combine to form one school with three campuses. The Diocese didn’t say how many jobs may be eliminated, but every teacher will have to reapply.

St. Mary’s School will host public school religion classes after closing in 2008. The other two schools offered 3-year-old preschool through eighth-grade classes this year.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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