BAYONNE, NJ - Bayonne Marist High School is set to close its doors at the end of this school year, a statement by school officials said Thursday.
“The Marist Brothers or Marist High School, simply do not have the funds to continue school operations after this academic year,” the statement read.
While Marist High School has been open in Bayonne for 65 years, its enrollment has declined by more than half since 2008, “resulting loss in revenue through the years has created an operational deficit that depleted the school’s reserve despite aggressive fundraising efforts.”
The school’s enrollment stands at just 235 students currently.
Launched in 2017, the “Save The School” campaign fell short of it’s goal to bring in $1.5 million necessary to continue operations raising only $750,000. Since that time, those funds have been utilized to maintain continuity and to build a strategic plan which included the September 2018 hiring of President Peter G. Kane to explore available options to avoid the School’s closing.
The closing, the statement reads, caps a decade-long, nationwide decline in Catholic education that, according to the National Catholic Educational Association, has led to the closure of 1,000 elementary and secondary Catholic schools across the nation since 2009, 100 in New Jersey.
“Marist High School is proud of its service to the community through six decades, maintaining the highest standards of Catholic education. This has been a painful and difficult decision for everyone involved,” Kane said. “I am heartened by knowing the positive impact Marist has made in the lives of our current students, their families and alumni who have been so supportive of our efforts through this challenging process.”
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