ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS - Another private Catholic school at the Jersey Shore will be closing down.
Officials at Mother Teresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands announced that the school will close down at the end of June due to declining enrollment and financial problems.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Trenton says, "With a K-8 enrollment that had fallen below 100 students and financial challenges experienced by several of the supporting parishes, the school could no longer be sustained."
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The school's website says that a letter was sent out to parents Friday informing them about the closure.
Residents in the area tell News 12 New Jersey that they are upset that so many private Catholic schools have been closing lately.
“I think it's very sad and it's happening over and over again,” says Barbara Foster of Belford. “[Mother Teresa] was a nice little school. A nice small school where the children get special attention."
Some parents now hope that the community will rally together to save the school, similar to the community of Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. Mater Dei was saved after a major fundraising campaign.
The Diocese says that families will be informed about open houses and registration opportunities at other Catholic schools.
There hasn’t been any information released on how many teachers and staffers at the school will be let go.