Immaculate Conception Cathedral School to close at end of school year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Midtown Catholic school is set to close at the conclusion of the school year, per the Catholic diocese.

A fixture of Midtown Memphis, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School released a statement on Tuesday explaining that they will be closing at the end of the current school year.

“This is a very heartbreaking decision given the rich history of our school,” Father Robert Szczechura, Pastor of The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception said in the statement. “We prayed often, and our school board, parents, and parish leaders met many times to collaborate on all possibilities from several angles to keep the school open. Unfortunately, the ongoing lack of financial stability and our constant struggle with enrollment made it impossible for the parish to continue operating the school.”

The school operates from preschool through eighth grade.

Immaculate Conception closed its high school in 2020. The school blamed COVID for a decline in enrollment.

The release states that despite their best efforts, the expense of maintaining a school is “far beyond” what the parish and community were able to support.

As for their current students, Fr. Szczechura said the staff will work with their parents to find them other local Catholic schools that they could attend.

“We want to make this transition as smooth as possible for our students and parents,” Fr. Szczechura said. “Meetings will be offered to discuss each child’s future education, and the same will be done for all our faculty members. We pray that God will bless each family during this transition and always.”

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