JERSEY CITY - Student, parents, parishioners and community members at a Jersey City Catholic school say they are determined to not let the school close down.

The Diocese says the closure is because other Catholic schools in the area are financially independent, but that St. Anne's Elementary School relies on funding that isn't available this year.

At a meeting last night school officials told parents that the only way to keep the school open is to increase tuition by $500 per student as well as raise an additional $100,000 to put in a reserve.

Parents say they will do whatever it takes to keep the school open.  They have until May 15 to raise the extra $100,000.

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