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Infant Jesus School in Nashua to Close

July 8, 2019

Infant Jesus School in Nashua to Close

(NASHUA) – Due to ongoing enrollment and financial challenges, Infant Jesus School in Nashua will not reopen in September for the 2019-20 academic year. Enrollment in the school has been in decline for many years, with only 42 students registered for next year.

Acknowledging the decision to close the school was painful, David A. Thibault, Superintendent of Schools, said, “Unfortunately, the low number of enrolled students affects not just the school’s finances, but limits its ability to offer the high quality educational experience that our students deserve. Despite continued efforts to address the situation, the school could not attain sustainable benchmarks.”

Families with students Pre-K-6 have been offered placement at Saint Christopher School this fall. Saint Christopher will honor all financial agreements that have been made with Infant Jesus families, and will remain committed to providing financial aid each year to families who need it.

Thibault said, “We are committed to accessibility, availability, and affordability of Catholic education throughout New Hampshire, so it is with great sadness that we make this kind of announcement. However, in the longer term the changes we’re making now will strengthen Catholic education in Nashua, by providing an authentically Catholic, academically excellent, comprehensive experience.”

For several months, the Catholic Schools Office has been in dialogue with the leadership at Infant Jesus, Saint Christopher Elementary School, and Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School to create a vision for the future for all three schools. The cornerstone of this vision is to create one robust Catholic Academy, PreK-8, with one elementary school campus and a middle school campus. This vision was to be completed by the year 2022, but the current enrollment numbers at Infant Jesus School, along with unexpected staffing and administration vacancies, mandated a speeded-up implementation of those planned changes.

Thibault also said, “We are very thankful for the teachers and school leadership who have provided children with an excellent Catholic education, amidst innumerable challenges, for 110 years. The diocesan human resources office and the Catholic Schools Office have assisted in securing positions for nearly all remaining Infant Jesus employees at area Catholic schools.”

Holy Infant Jesus School began in 1909 with two Sisters of Holy Cross and classes largely taught to French-speaking children. In 1972, the Nashua Catholic parishes consolidated into a school system referred to as the Nashua Catholic Regional School (NCRS). In 1992, the school returned to a parish institution and is presently known as Infant Jesus School. Since its founding, it has encouraged students to contribute service to the Church, to the community, and to the larger world and to use God's gifts to one's fullest potential.

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