Bishop McHugh Catholic School to remain open

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Parents celebrate the news this week, but enrollment remains an issue

DENNIS TOWNSHIP  — Parents are celebrating this week after Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School posted to its Facebook account that the school will be open for the 2014-2015 school year.

This year, the diocese was weighing whether it would close Bishop McHugh, according to parents at the school and other sources.

In recent years, several Catholic schools in Cape May County and throughout the diocese have been closed or consolidated by the Diocese of Camden. St. Augustine’s in Ocean City closed in 2008, and three other Catholic schools, St. Raymond in Villas, Star of the Sea in Cape May and St. Ann’s in Wildwood, have consolidated as Cape Trinity in Wildwood.

Wildwood Catholic High School was set to be shuttered in 2010, but a group of community members and parents rallied to keep the school open.

Parents commenting on the Bishop McHugh school’s page were ecstatic about the decision, most describing it as great news and celebrating the decision. One writer posted “Thank God and all who worked so hard to keep it open.”

But diocese officials say there is more work to do.

Peter Feuerherd, a spokesman for the diocese, said that parents are aware that there is an enrollment issue at the school.

“There are 129 students in the school, kindergarten through the eighth grade,” Feuerherd said. “That’s a low enrollment. They need more than that.”

However, according to the Facebook post: “We received the joyous news today! Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School is open for the 2014-2015 school year. Thank you for your continued support of Catholic Education and our school. God Bless!”

Feuerherd confirmed the Internet post.

“The school will open in the fall,” he said. “But they need to get the enrollment up.”

Administrators at Bishop McHugh said that at this point, they did not see any need to make a public statement.


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