Sacred Heart School In Gladwin Officially Closes 8-30-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Sacred Heart School In Gladwin Officially Closes 8-30-2010

Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, announced Friday his acceptance of a collective recommendation to close Sacred Heart School in Gladwin.
The recommendation and approval come following an Aug. 19 enrollment report to the school's board of trustees that showed only nine students registered for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Previous financial projections show that a total enrollment of 15 students would have forced the school to increase tuition by $1,250 and raised the parish's costs to more than $12,000 per student.
"In a January letter to Sacred Heart parishioners, a commitment was made by both the pastoral and finance councils that our Catholic school would be a school that we could afford," said the Rev. John Cotter, who has served as pastor of Sacred Heart since 2006. "It is now obvious an affordable Catholic school in our community is not possible."
The per-pupil cost for the 2009-2010 school year -- when 38 students were enrolled -- was $8,700. The average tuition collected was $2,300 and the parish contribution was $6,400 per student.
Sacred Heart School in Gladwin opened in 1918. At its peak in 1967 an estimated 165 students were enrolled.
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