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Catholic grade school to close at end of school year

St. James of the Valley School

Students at St. James of the Valley School in Wyoming will be looking for a new school next year.

The parish says declining enrollment over the past few years led to a substantial deficit it is unable to overcome.

The school went from 183 students in 2010 to 146 this year. There are four other Catholic grade schools within about three miles of St. James.

Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco says this is only the second Cincinnati Archdiocese school to close since Fall 2010. While other archdioceses across the country have seen steep declines, enrollment in Cincinnati dropped less than one percent from 2013-2014 to 2014-2015.

School principal Jim Haag sent this letter home to parents Thursday:

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