The Board of Members and Board of Directors at St. Francis Xavier-Queen of All Saints Catholic Academy, located at 300 Vanderbilt Avenue, voted to close the school effective August 31.
The decision was prompted by a 30 percent decline in enrollment since the previous school year concluded in June. Enrollment previously fell from 213 students in the 2013-2014 school year to 122 students in 2017-2018.
“This decision was not an easy one to make and took much discussion on the part of the Members of the Academy,” said Thomas Chadzutko, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn and chairperson of the Board of Members. “It comes after many efforts on the part of the diocesan support staff to maintain a financially viable and high-quality educational program in this section of Brooklyn.”
According to the diocese, the drop in student enrollment increased the negative fund balance by more than $676,00 for the coming school year, making the financial debt for the school “unsustainable.”
Tuition at St. Francis Xavier was slated to be $4,650 per student, while actual costs add up to $13,825 per child per year.
The school has scheduled a parent information night for Tuesday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. to help families enroll their child in a neighborhood Catholic school.
Representatives from other schools, including Queen of the Rosary, St. Gregory the Great, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joseph the Worker and St. Saviour will be in attendance.
“We are most appreciative of the leadership and efforts of the administration, faculty and staff for all they have tried to do to sustain St. Francis Xaver-Queen of All Saints Catholic Academy” Chadzutko said. “We also recognize the efforts and support of the parents.
“We understand the impact this decision will have on the students and their families,” he added, “and will assist them in the transition.”