Marter Dei Prep, the Catholic High School affiliated with St.Mary Parish in Middletown will close due to financial losses at the conclusion of the current school year, according to a press release issued today by Father Jeff Kegley, Pastor of the parish.
“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mater Dei Prep will close at the end of this school year, June 2015. Over the many years, Mater Dei Prep has been running large financial deficits. It had been the hope of the Parish Finance Council and myself that these trends could be reversed. However, the 2014-2015 projected loss is close to one million dollars,” Kegley said.
Founded in 1964, Mater Dei Prep currently has an enrollment of 340 students and employs 48 faculty and staff. Enrollment numbers had recently seen some growth, but have not stabilized to the point of sufficiently supporting the school’s viability.
Father Kegley said that the high school’s closing will not impact the elementary school, Saint Mary School, which has an enrollment of 680 students.