St. Elizabeth Academy closing: Money won't help; enrollment is the problem

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St. Elizabeth Academy

By Anne Allred

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - Administrators at St. Elizabeth Academy held an informational meeting for parents Wednesday night, days after it was announced the school will close at the end of the year due largely to declining enrollment.

"It breaks my heart, because it's my home, it's my mission, it's my reason for getting up every day," said music teacher Rachelle Moramarco.

Some alumni have started a Facebook campaign to save the school, but Moramarco said money would only be a band-aid.

"It's a more systemic issue than just money. We've been working and trying to keep enrollment up, but it's hard. It's a changing world and there isn't the same commitment perhaps, to Catholic education as there has been in the past for multiple reasons, a lot of them financial and economic," she said.

Superintendent of the Archdiocesan schools, George Henry, said his office will help to find other Catholic schools for the students.

As for the teachers, administrators will hold meetings to help them with resume building and job counseling.

KSDK

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