Goffstown, Salem schools to close doors
As the school year ends, two religious schools with deep roots in their communities are closing their doors for good — Villa Augustina School in Goffstown and Salem Christian School.
“It’s been another great journey, but with fewer passengers on board each year, it’s become too expensive to operate,” the board of Villa Augustina said in a written statement. “We cannot start a voyage knowing that we do not have sufficient resources to complete the trip.”
In January, the board asked for a tuition hike, from around $5,000 to $8,000 a year.
Tuition did not increase, but neither did enrollment.
“I think we’re all devastated,” said Helen Veins, a parent of two students and teacher at the school that was founded in 1918.
Crowell said the school has made a mark on the church and the community.
“We are such a tight-knit group; it is truly a family and we’re all devastated and sad,” said Kim Vogler, parent of a third-grader.
“We know the Lord has good plans that might be doing something new and different with that space,” said Crowell. “Our mission will continue to be to bring the Gospel to youth and families.”
The diocese oversees the Catholic identity of Villa Augustina, but does not provide financial assistance. The Rev. John Fortin, superintendent of school for the Diocese of Manchester, said he was saddened to hear the school will be closing.
Broomhall said school administrators are sprinkling fun activities, such as dress down day, LEGO competitions and Italian Ice socials in with regular class work during the last week of school.
Wendy Hastings, currently the principal of Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown, is a former student of Villa Augustina. The school hired her as a teacher right out of college and allowed her to gain professional confidence, Hastings said. Her two children are students there.
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