Sacred Heart School in east-central Fresno will close at the end of this school year, the Office of Catholic Education said Friday.
The announcement comes less than a year after the school averted a potential closure because of low enrollments. Enrollments last year had dropped to 20 students in preschool and 99 students in kindergarten through eighth grade due to the economic downturn affecting the ability of many families to pay tuition. The school at 4460 E. Yale Ave. is largely financed by tuition charged to families.
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno met with the superintendent of Catholic Schools, president of the Diocesan Board of Education, Sacred Heart's principal, pastor and board president Friday to share his decision.
Superintendent Richard Sexton told teachers and staff about the decision and promised they would be given hiring preference for job openings at other Catholic schools in the area. He also pledged to parents that he would work with the area's other four Catholic schools to find a place for their children for next school year.