Posted on 2020-04-17
FALL RIVER (CBS) — The financial impact of the coronavirus is forcing the permanent closure of two Catholic schools in southeastern Massachusetts. The Diocese of Fall River announced that both Coyle and Cassidy Middle School and High School in Taunton as well as St. Margaret Primary School in Buzzards Bay are shutting down at the end of the school year.
The diocese said it was covering budget shortfalls at both schools “but the pandemic has made that unsustainable.”
“By consolidating our resources and bringing students together in these schools we can continue to provide high quality Christ-centered education for all of our students,” Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha said in a message to families
Coyle and Cassidy High School students will merge with Bishop Connolly in Fall River. Middle school students will transfer to Taunton’s Our Lady of Lourdes School.
The diocese said St. Margaret Primary students will choose between St. Pius X in South Yarmouth, St. Joseph School in Fairhaven and St. Francis Xavier in Acushnet.
“While we sincerely regret having to close any of our Catholic schools, the ultimate goal is to strengthen all remaining schools to ensure Catholic education is available for many years to come,” Superintendent Stephen A. Perla said in a statement.
Students will retain their current financial aid and scholarships.