After 80 years in operation, Hellertown Catholic school will close

Written by on May 14, 2020

After 80 years in operation, Hellertown Catholic school will close 

By K.C. Lopez

May 14, 2020

Photo | K.C. Lopez / WLVR

St. Theresa School is finishing out the school year but will not reopen for students in the fall.  

WLVR’s KC Lopez reports the Hellertown school is the fifth under the Diocese of Allentown to close since 2013.

Declining enrollment at St. Theresa School put a significant financial strain on the pre-k through eighth grade school. The 2017 – 2018 academic year taught 129 students. This year there are just 81 children enrolled.

Spokesman for the Allentown Diocese, Matt Kerr says a reduction in weekly parish collections during the coronavirus pandemic was also a factor in the decision to close. 

“We haven’t had mass with a congregation since mid March so it’s coming up on two months. So it has been difficult and that’s been another reason that played into the closing of the school because their income was down and made supporting the school that much more difficult,” said Kerr.

Kathleen Burke Sunder is a former student.

“It’s really heart wrenching because people were just trying to keep this great gem of a school open and it’s just so sad to see it go.” 

The Diocese is encouraging families to transfer their children to one of their 29 other elementary schools. 

Watch K.C.’s PBS39 News Tonight Report.


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