St. Rose School in Proctor Closing

By KBJR News 1

February 18, 2013 Updated Feb 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM CDT

Proctor, MN (NNCNOW.COM) --- St. Rose School in Proctor announced today that it will be closing it’s doors for good at the end of this school year.

Bishop Paul D. Sibra of the Diocese of Duluth has accepted the recommendations of officials at St. Rose School to close.

The school’s pastor, Father Joel Hastings, said that financial realities and declining membership along with the declining enrollment at the school were part of long-term trends that had left no good options to keep the school open.

Meetings to address the situation and make a recommendation to the bishop began at St. Rose parish and school last September.

The recommendation to close was made in mid- December and accepted on February 12 after consultation with other school pastors, diocesan staff, the Diocesan finance council and the Duluth Area Catholic School Board.

The school currently has 42 registered students in kindergarten through sixth grade, down from 80 in 2000.

The school employs five teachers, a principal and several support staff. Officials say they hope to help the teachers find work at another Catholic school in the diocese.

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