The Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System will hold an information meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Immaculata High School auditorium to talk about last week’s decision to close the high school at the end of the spring semester.

Parents of IMAC students are invited to attend and ask questions.

The Board of Trustees of the LRCSS announced last Wednesday that it will recommend to Archbishop Joseph Naumann to close the high school on June 2 at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Members of the Board of Trustees as well as IMAC Principal Rick Geraci will attend the meeting to talk about the school closure and answer questions. Geraci also serves as president of the LRCSS.

Nichole Ackles, a spokeswoman for the LRCSS, said the administrators also will talk about student transfer credits, entrance exam testing and tuition rates at schools to which IMAC students may choose to transfer.

Rolly Dessert, chairman of the LRCSS Board of Trustees, said the decision to close the school is based on decreasing enrollment at the high school.

This year, Immaculata High School has only 66 students in ninth through 12th grade, according to Kathy O’Hara, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Kansas City.

“We are at a crossroads with problems growing beyond our ability to solve,” Dessert wrote in a Jan. 4 letter to parents of IMAC students. “Despite the best efforts of our current dedicated leaders, the demand for Catholic education in our region continues to decline as evidenced by a lack of growth in enrollment, particularly at Immaculata.”

Xavier Catholic School will remain open. Xavier has students in preschool through sixth grade. Beginning next school year, seventh- and eighth-grade classes at the high school will be moved to Xavier.

Ackles said there are currently 120 students in preschool, 124 students in kindergarten through sixth grade and 40 students in seventh and eighth grade.

Geraci said the staff at the high school has been instructed to create transition plans for each Immaculata High School student for the next school year.

Ackles said Immaculata High School will host a high school community fair later this month at the high school. The event is for IMAC parents and students. Several private, public and Christian school representatives will attend to inform IMAC parents and students about their schools. Ackles said more details about the high school community fair will be announced at Thursday night’s meeting.

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