May 19, 2005

Catholic school shutting its doors in Waterbury


WATERBURY-- After fifty-one years, a local Catholic school in Waterbury is shutting it's doors.

Generations of children have come to Saint Lucy's, and parents say this is a sad day for a place that always welcomed kids.

The archdiocese says one of the big reasons why the school is closing is because the population is aging. They say the number of baptisms has fallen 77 percent over the last ten years.

According to the Department of Health, the number of births in Waterbury has dropped by half over the same period. Parents are saying the 22 hundred dollar a year tuition and the priest sex abuse scandals did not help either.

"People lost trust in the Catholic church", says parent Emerald Dasent.

Posted by kshaw at May 19, 2005 08:28 PM