Diocese of Joliet closing St. Dominic Catholic School in Bolingbrook at end of month

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (WLS) -- Some parents are upset with the Diocese of Joliet. A Catholic school is closing after more than 50 years.

St. Dominic Catholic School in Bolingbrook will close at the end of the month. The diocese says that's because of declining enrollment.

"The diocese of Joliet is not doing something that's right," Nicolette Bernhardt, parent and member of the school's advisory and pastoral council, said. "We teach our children to believe in fairness and to believe in honesty and we were not given fair and honest answers as to why they are closing our school."

"Our hearts are heavy today, but leadership at both the diocese and the school have come to the same sad conclusion: The time has come to close St. Dominic Catholic School," said Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D., superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Joliet.

The diocese said the school had an enrollment goal of between 169 and 178 students for the 2022-2023 school year, but only 140 students have registered for the fall.
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