Twelve teachers will lose their jobs, along with about eight support staff, which made the decision even more difficult, said Rev. Joseph Clemente, pastor at St. Matthew's Church in East Syracuse.
and St. Daniel's Pastor Rev. Monsignor Eugene Yennock, told parents of the difficult decision to shut down at a meeting Tuesday night .
said the economy is making it difficult for parents to pay the $3,740 annual tuition.
"We know it's not displeasure with our school because we conducted exit interviews with those who left and they told us it was an inability to pay the tuition," he
"It's the economic conditions that exist in our area."
Many parents who left the school said they are moving or had lost their job and couldn't pay the tuition, Clemente
The parish also is less able to offer tuition assistance to families because the economy has also affected the community and parish's ability to contribute to the school.
Money raised through fundraisers goes to help families, but there is less available, he
"It's a huge loss," Clemente
The two schools started in the 1950s, and Clemente
said St. Daniel's
originally had about 800 students during the 1960s.
The school has been a vibrant part of the East Syracuse community, and a social center as well as an educational institution, Clemente
"More is lost with this closing that people will realize," he
said the day care at the school, along with its pre-K and after-school program, will continue operating.