A week after it suffered a small fire, the Brooklyn Eagle reports that St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School has closed its doors due to low enrollment. The paper reports that parents were told of the closing on Monday.
Brooklyn Eagle: After educating Catholic children for more than a century, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School at 21 Sidney Place in Brooklyn Heights has abruptly closed its doors.
While the school had long been suffering from low enrollment and budget difficulties, and with next year’s opening in doubt, it was a fire that started in the basement last Tuesday that sounded its final death knell.
Last week’s fire occurred before the school day was scheduled to start, and no children were in the building at the time. However, the lunchroom, bathrooms and storage areas on the lower level were flooded and charred. The cause of the fire is being investigated by fire marshals.
According to Frank DeRosa, spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, the Diocese is now in the process of helping the school’s students enroll elsewhere.
“Queen of All Saints in Fort Greene and St. Francis Xavier, St. Saviour and Holy Name in Park Slope – all have offered space for parents to enroll their kids,” DeRosa said Tuesday.