On Thursday, the Archdiocese of Hartford announced that the city’s last remaining Catholic school will be closing.
Saint Augustine School, located on Clifford Street in Hartford, will close at the end of the year to merge with Saint Brigid School in West Hartford.
The school will be named St. Brigid-St. Augustine: A Partnership School and will educate students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
The new school will open for the 2016-2017 school year.
Officials said the idea came after officials at Saint Augustine received news that necessary upgrades to the building would cost more than $8 million.
“Knowing that these renovations were cost-prohibitive for the school and parish, Reverend José A. Mercado, pastor of Saint Augustine, reached out to Reverend Joseph P. Crowley, pastor of Saint Brigid,” a press release said.
As a result, the decision to relocate Saint Augustine to Saint Brigid and form a partnership between the two schools was made.
“In talking, we instantly knew that we shared the same goals,” said Father Mercado in a press release. “Our focus centered on what was best for the students. With a strong enrollment, we hope to offer a variety of girls’ and boys’ sports such as cross country, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, numerous clubs including Drama, as well as visual and performing arts, and a Junior National Honor Society.”
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