NEW BRITAIN – St. John Paul II School, which serves students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, will close its doors at the end of the academic year, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford.
"After substantial, careful consultation with parish and school constituent groups, the pastor of the parish school [Father Dariusz Gosciniak] made the decision to close the school at the conclusion of the current academic year," the archdiocese said in a news release Feb. 12.
The release said that Holy Cross Parish no longer can support its school.
“Although the closing of St. John Paul II School is unfortunate, we are committed to maintaining the vibrant presence of Catholic school education in the city of New Britain and the surrounding towns,” said Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of Catholic schools.
“There are many exceptional educational options available for families seeking the numerous advantages, both academic and faith-based, that Catholic schools offer,” Dr. Hoyt added.
Students now at St. John Paul II School will be given $500 toward tuition next year to help with the transition to another Catholic school in the archdiocese, the release said. Sacred Heart Parish will give an additional $500 toward tuition to families who enroll children in Sacred Heart School for next year.
It's the second Catholic school in the archdiocese to announce its closure within the past month. St. Stanislaus School in Meriden will shut its doors for good at the end of the academic year.