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Christ the King Catholic School to close

Updated: 2013-04-15T04:35:38Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

Christ the King Catholic School in Kansas City will close at the end of this academic year, parish officials have announced.

The school at 85th Street and Wornall Road has operated for 68 years.

In a letter to parish families, the Rev. Gregory J. Lockwood said the combination of declining school enrollment and parish collections forced him to make “the most difficult decision I have ever had to make.”

“Financially, the decreased enrollment has increased the pressure on our church family; our collection has steadily decreased over the past several years,” he wrote. “Our family here is older and less able to meet these financial challenges. Last year our deficit was very large, and we cannot sustain these losses again.”

Lockwood thanked a school committee that had been working to find alternatives to closing the school.

“They worked long and hard, but in the end we just couldn’t do it,” Lockwood said in the letter.

The closure will not affect the infant-toddler center or the Montessori preschool. They will both continue into next year, he said.

Lockwood said church officials will do everything they can to help students and staff find other schools or employment.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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