The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington announced today that All Saints Catholic School in Elsmere will not reopen in the fall due to financial difficulties brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Diocese said support from foundations and donors have declined due to urgent pandemic-related community needs, making it impossible for the school to create a viable financial plan to remain open.
In an email to parents, school principal Dr. Mary Elizabeth Muir said despite making “significant progress in strengthening the financial position of the school over the last few years, we have grown to rely to a large extent on the charitable support of individuals, foundations, our parishes and the diocese.”
Muir said a “confluence of factors presented by the COVID-19 crisis has jeopardized these sources of support.”
The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington said “our hearts go out to the students, parents, teachers, and staff of All Saints. The school community, especially the boards, administration, pastors of the supporting parishes, and donors have worked diligently to create a wonderful school. They should be proud of all they have accomplished despite the disappointment brought about by circumstances beyond our control.”
The diocese said other local Catholic schools will welcome All Saints students for the 2020-2021 academic year, as well as try to place faculty in those schools.
Currently with an enrollment of 210, the regional Catholic elementary school was created in 2011, a merger of four parochial schools – Corpus Christi in Elsmere, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Matthew, and Our Lady of Fatima in New Castle.