SCOTTDALE (KDKA) – St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Scottdale was facing the same dilemma so many other catholic schools face, declining enrollment and increasing cost.

In the end, for the Diocese of Greensburg, the numbers didn’t add up.

For 51 years, St. John the Baptist Catholic School has offered a Catholic faith-based education to young people in the area. This week, the Diocese announced the school is closing.

“Very difficult, very difficult for the two priest to make the announcement to the parents last night,” said Jerry Zufelt, the Diocese spokesperson.

But, according to the Greensburg Diocese, there was really no other option for the K-5 school. It came down to costs.

“They were down to 30 students; it wasn’t viable educationally or financially,” said Zufelt.

The Diocese says they needed a total of 44 students to make the school work.

According to the Diocese, the decision to shut down the school so close to the beginning of the new school year occurred because everything was tried to keep the school afloat.

The school’s Pre-K program will continue.

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