Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)
After 90 years St. Rose has become a type of historical landmark. However, the school and parish have been experiencing financial struggles and a declining membership since 2000.
And yes, the church has played an active role in the community over the years. At one point children were able to attend St. Rose with no tuition charge.
However, members of the church had to make financial sacrifices in order for that to be a possibility.
Bishop Paul D. Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth finally had to accept the recommendation to close the school.
It currently has only 42 students, which is almost half the number of students it had in 2000. Announcing the closing was an unfortunate necessity for Father Joel Hastings...
"Our ability to subsidize the school as well as populate the school has decreased...we've come to that point now where we're starting to bear debt in order to keep the school going."
St. Rose employs 5 teachers, a principal and several other support staff that may be unemployed at the start of next school year.
However, the parish plans to do all it can to help their employees get jobs with surrounding Catholic schools.
St. Rose will be supporting parents' decision to utilize other Northland Catholic schools.
They also plan on maintaining a presence in the education community by promoting and assisting the other schools in any way they can.