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Catholic school to close after more than 100 years in St. Paul

Enrollment has dwindled over the years for St. Mark's School.

After more than 100 years in St. Paul, St. Mark's Catholic School will not welcome new students this coming September.

The school at 1983 Dayton Ave. opened in 1913, but is eliminating grades K-8 in the 2019-20 school year, with only its preschool remaining operational.

In an announcement on its website, Father Humberto Palomino said that as recently as five years ago it had an enrollment of 179, but this coming year it was projected to be as little as 32 students.

"The parish has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to make up the difference between tuition and the true cost of educating the students," he said.

"Each of you can be certain that we have done our best, as a parish, to promote and support the good of Catholic education. Unfortunately, the parish no longer has the money to continue to fund the school as it operates now."

Seventeen positions have been cut at the school as a result.

The aim for St. Mark's Church is to now build up its early-childhood classes, which Palomino notes has seen "excellent enrollment."

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