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Local Catholic school closing after 106 years

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It was announced last Friday by the Diocese of Corpus Christi, that Central Catholic Elementary School will be closing after this school year. 

The school currently has 60 students enrolled. Which is why the Diocese of Corpus Christi says the school is closing, because of lack of enrollment, as well as "demographic shifts and financial challenges." 

However, one parent is hoping that with some extra support, the school can be saved. 

Daniel Gonzales, grandparent of a first year student says, "hopefully we can save it, you know it's been here 106 years. Hopefully we can do something about it, you know, to help them out. I hate to see this school leave, it's really an amazing school, it is." 

Gonzales feels that Catholic schools, and Central Catholic in particular, have something that no other schools offer. He feels every teacher at Central Catholic is special, and hopes he can save their jobs.  

When KRIS 6 News spoke with the Diocese of Corpus Christi, they said even with an increase in enrollment, the school will still be shut down. 

As for the Central Catholic building, it will be under the care of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and be turned into a Parish Activity Center. No date yet on when the activity center will open.

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