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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - A 160-year tradition of Catholic education in Independence and eastern Jackson County will end in May.
The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese told parents Wednesday that it planned to close St. Mary's High School in May because of declining enrollment.
The Independence Examiner reports Bishop Robert Finn said in a letter to parents that enrollment at St. Mary's for the next year would not allow the school to continue without taking on significant new debt and eliminating several programs.
Finn says 27 seniors will graduate this year but only seven students were committed to register as freshmen and several current families have said they intend to send their children to a different school next year.
The school had 102 students this year.
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