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The San Miguel School of Camden to Close

The San Miguel School of Camden will close at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. After 13 years of educating middle school boys from low-income families in the Camden, New Jersey area, the Board of Directors has decided that the school can no longer operate due to financial difficulties and low enrollment. In a letter to parents and supporters, Brother Joseph Juliano, president, Robert Spires, board chair, and James Hoban, principal explained that “First, the economic recession of the past two years has hampered our ability to attract new donors and raise significant capital to not only cover the operating budget, but to create an endowment. Second, the opening of several charter schools in Camden City have provided more options for Camden’s students to be educated. Between these two elements, we have struggled with budget deficits and not enough students to fill our program to capacity.”

Read the letter.