6 Catholic elementary schools on LI slated to close

Parents of some Catholic school students are reeling tonight from the news that the Diocese of Rockville Centre is planning to shut down six elementary schools next June due to declining enrollment.
In Nassau, the schools that will be shut down include St. Catherine of Sienna School in Franklin Square, St. John Baptist De LaSalle School in Farmingdale, Sacred Heart School in North Merrick, and St. Ignatious Loyola School in Hicksville.
In Suffolk County, the schools slated for closure are Prince of Peace Regional School in Sayville and Our Lady of Perpetual School in Lindenhurst.
Bishop William Murphy sent a letter to parents, explaining that he made his decision because of the decline in school-age children and the economic climate on Long Island.
"We want to be able to provide quality Catholic education to anyone who wants it across Long Island," says Diocese of Rockville Centre Spokesman Sean Dolan. "Right now, what that's going to mean is decreasing the number of school buildings."
Parent Keith Ficeto says he'll look for another Catholic school for his kids, but he worries that there may be further closings.