Scarsdale's Our Lady of Fatima school is closing at the end of the school year.
"It is with great regret that I inform you that Our Lady of Fatima will close at then end of this academic year," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy J. McNiff stated in a letter sent to parents today.
The Catholic school was one of 26 elementary schools in the area that the Archdiocese of New York was considering closing.
"I know this is very upsetting news to hear, because you are well familiar with our many years of academic achievement and dedication to our children," McNiff said. "Please know that this painful decision was made only as a last resort, and that despite everyone's best efforts, it was not possible to change the outcome of the situation."
McNiff assured parents that student can continue to receive Catholic education and a special placement counselor will be assigned to help families with the process.
Last fall, the Reconfiguration Committees started evaluating and analyzing the schools. The Archdiocese had said in November that 26 out of 159 elementary schools were at-risk of being shut down in June 2013. The archdiocese had met with pastors and principals of the 26 at-risk schools and made the final decision in January.
Saint Augustine School in Rockland also learned from the Archdiocese of New York that it will close at the end of the school year.
According to the archdiocese, the closures are a part of the 2010 strategic Pathways to Excellence plan for the Catholic schools, which would regionalize some of the Catholic schools in New York.
“This regionalization initiative reflects the great progress we have made in the multi-year implementation of Pathways to Excellence, and aims to both stabilize and grow the number of Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of New York, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the need for future school closures," McNiff said in a previous statement.
As of October 1, 2012, the total number of students at these 26 at-risk schools is 5,053. There are currently 50,045 students enrolled in Catholic elementary schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Sullivan, Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties, according to the Archdiocese of New York.