Catholic elementary school in Monaca given permission to close


MONACA, Pa. - A Catholic elementary school in Monaca has been given permission to close by Bishop David Zubik.

St. John the Baptist Parish pastor Father Michael Ruffalo made the request on June 6 to close the church’s elementary school due to declining enrollment and financial concerns.

The K-8 school was projected to have 97 students in the fall, and despite fundraising and recruitment efforts, was receiving an annual $65,000 diocesan subsidy to remain open.

According to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, plans to keep St. John the Baptist School open for another year were proposed, but even with parish contributions the school would still have had an operating deficit of nearly $106,000.

Students will be encouraged to attend one of three other Catholic schools in the Beaver Valley area: Saints Peter and Paul in Beaver, Divine Mercy Academy in Beaver Falls or Our Lady of Fatima in Hopewell Township.