Catholic school in Scottdale to close due to low enrollment

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SCOTTDALE, Pa. - On Thursday, parents of students at St. John the Baptist Elementary School in Scottdale got word from the Catholic Diocese that the school will be closing.

"You could say it has been on the wall for several years,” said diocese spokesman Jerry Zufelt.  “The enrollment’s been declining steadily since the 2007-2008 school year.

The diocese said one recent class only had one student and most have fewer than 10.

Church leaders said in order to stay open, 44 students would have to register.  As of this week, 30 had registered.

People in the community confirmed knowing that this was the probable outcome.