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DELRAN – Holy Cross Academy will close at the end of the school year, the Diocese of Trenton announced Wednesday evening.

The diocese pointed to the school's inability to “sustain itself financially,” but noted the high school could reopen as a new independent Catholic high school.

The diocese said that in the past 20 years it has provided $13.8 million in subsidies to the high school, including $500,000 last school year, to cover “shortfalls in operating expenses brought about by low enrollment numbers.”

Bishop David M. O’Connell has given permission for a group of alumni to implement a plan to re-open the school on July 1, 2018 and offered the cooperation of the diocese as the plan moves forward, according to a diocese statement.

“The group will issue information on this plan very soon,” the news release noted.

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“For 60 years, Holy Cross High School/Academy in Delran has been both a blessing and an important resource in the Diocese of Trenton, providing a quality Catholic education to families in Burlington County and beyond,” the release said.

It said during those six decades the diocesan high school has seen significant growth, even requiring construction of a larger facility at one point.

However, the diocese said efforts to build enrollment and “strengthen the school’s financial footing over the past several years have not been sufficiently impactful” and that neither party has the means to keep the school operating for an extended period of time.

It added that O’Connell expressed his “heart-felt appreciation to the school’s principal, Dennis Guida, the faculty, staff and priest chaplains for all they have done for the school and the students over the years; and all the families who have made a real commitment to Catholic education by sending their children to Holy Cross over the last six decades.”

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