The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced on Tuesday that 26 elementary schools and one high school that had received heavy subsidies in recent years because of declining enrollment would be closed at the end of the current school year.
Timothy J. McNiff, the archdiocese’s superintendent of schools, said in a statement that schools were chosen for closing because of declining enrollment and money. The archdiocese has promised to find places in other parochial schools for all of the roughly 4,700 students affected by the closings.
The announcement contained good news for 5 schools among the 32 identified by the archdiocese last year as “at risk” of being closed. One school in Manhattan — Good Shepherd — another in Westchester County and two in upstate counties will remain open. A decision on a fifth school, Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Midtown Manhattan, was deferred for several weeks, according to the announcement, “so that additional information can be gathered and analyzed.”