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Parents upset St. Louis Archdiocese plans school closures

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Many parents are upset because the St. Louis Archdiocese is proposing the closure of two schools in South City. Credit: KMOV Many parents are upset because the St. Louis Archdiocese is proposing the closure of two schools in South City. Credit: KMOV

Some parents are upset after the St. Louis Archdiocese announced a recommendation to close two schools in South City.

The Archdiocese is recommending that St. James the Greater, which is in Dogtown, and Our Lady of Sorrows, which is in Princeton Heights close in 2017. Students from both schools would attend a new school on the site of St. Joan of Arc in South City.

Some parents feels the closure would be bad not just for their kids, but for the entire St. Louis area.

“The parents are all very upset. We feel like we’ve been kind of blindsided by the diocese,” said Melissa Cobb-Moddrell, a St. James the Greater parent. “We’re a historic parish, generation after generation of parents have sent their kids here. So it’s almost like destroying a piece of the tradition that is part of St. Louis.”

Parents also told News 4 they believe they were not given the opportunity to voice their concerns.

The archdiocese says letters were sent out to parents informing them of the recommendations and they are excited to build a new model of Catholic schooling at the new proposed school.

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