- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - The Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania plan to close a local elementary school at the end of the school year rather than compete with the new Erie Catholic School System.

The Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/2dAWHOB ) the fate of Villa Maria Elementary School has been in jeopardy since September 2014, when the religious order first announced they would try to sell the school’s 17-acre campus.

Even without finding a buyer, the Sisters of St. Joseph made the decision to close the 124-year-old school on Saturday. The school board was relieved of its duties and replaced by a nine-member board of SSJ members.

A letter to the school community said the nuns “do not want, or need, to compete with the Diocese.”

SSJ officials were unavailable for comment.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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