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Rochester group opening Catholic school after diocese closes St. Elizabeth Seton

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Karen Dandurant

Fosters Daily Democrat

ROCHESTER — A new private Catholic school is set to launch in the city this fall.

When parents of students attending the 110-year-old St. Elizabeth Seton School learned in February their beloved school was closing and consolidating by offering students the opportunity to entroll at St. Mary Academy in Dover, they were distressed.

The Diocese of Manchester, which has consolidated other New Hampshire Catholic schools, made the decision to make a similar change for the private pre-K through Grade 8 Catholic schools in the Tri-Cities. The move is part of a phased plan that has evolved since 2021, when the closure of the school was first announced, then postponed. The diocese cited budget and financial issues and shrinking enrollment at the Rochester school, which was down to 64 students.

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