- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Salem’s two Catholic schools are planning to merge.

The Salem News reports (https://bit.ly/1fXyGOD ) the Rev. Mark Mahoney announced the intention to merge St. John’s the Evangelist and St. Mary Star of the Sea School during a meeting with parents last week. He says a final decision will be made in four to six weeks.

The consolidation would close St. Mary’s, which is marking its 90th anniversary this year.

Mahoney says the newly combined school will be located at St. John’s because the site can accommodate the expansion. He says it would grow to absorb the combined number of students at both schools. A total of about 350 students are enrolled.

The merger won’t affect the two schools’ churches and will open for the 2016-17 school year.



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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, https://www.salemnews.com

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