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Bay Area Catholic Schools make difficult decision

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Shrinking classrooms, decreased funding and school closures. It's a problem that few districts have been able to avoid, including private schools.

Bay Area Catholic Schools say they've come up with a plan to move forward.

Kim Prime is the president of Bay Area Catholic school system. She says after extensive research, careful consideration and feedback from parents, the board of trustees has decided to merge three schools into one.

Holy Trinity and Saint John the Evangelist will close. Saint James will remain open and be converted into a preschool and kindergarten to fifth grade school. The name will also change to All Saints Central Elementary School.

It was a decision that wasn't easy to make.

In order to create a financially viable plan, tuition costs will rise about two and a quarter percent.

Despite the shrinking enrollment over the year, Prime says she is confident this consolidation plan is the best way to move forward.

The consolidation plan for Bay Area Catholic schools will be implemented for the 2014-15 school year.

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