Catholic school closing marks end of era

OZORA, Mo. - It's the end of an era for a small Missouri town. This was the last week of class for students attending a long-standing Catholic school in Ozora, which is about an hour south of St. Louis in Ste. Genevieve County.

Students have been attending the Sacred Heart School in Ozora for the past 115 years. But the students who just finished this school year, will be the school's last.

The school's leadership says for the past few decades, families have become smaller, and more parents started sending their children to bigger schools nearby. This year, enrollment dwindled to 15 students, so the school made the tough decision to close.

"It's sad because we knew we were doing a good job with the kids. They were receiving an extremely good education," said Rev James Schaefer.

"This has been the best thing to every happen to my family, to our kids. And if there's any way shape or form we can get it back open, I'm ready. My husband said if we win the lottery they're going to have to open back up," said mom Kim Brewster.

Despite the school closing, the parish is staying open. It is still deciding what to do with the school building.


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