One year after it was announced that the school would close forever, Immaculata Catholic High School has been sold.

Rolly Dessert said the venerable building has been purchased by a buyer.

“They are just waiting for the title to clear,” said Dessert, chairman of the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System Board of Trustees. “That will take a couple of months.”

Dessert did not say who the buyer was or what the investor plans to do with the building.

The building that formerly housed Immaculata Catholic High School is owned by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas.

In January 2017, trustees announced that due to decreasing enrollment numbers in recent years, the school would close at the end of the spring semester.

In its final semester, the school had only about 60 students in ninth through 12th grade.

Xavier Catholic School, which has students in preschool through eighth grade, remains open.

High school students who attended Immaculata last year have moved on to other private and public schools. Many administrators, teachers and staff at the former school have moved on to other schools, while others are no longer in education.

Xavier Catholic School will host a fundraiser for the LRCSS on Feb. 24.

The event replaces the annual Greenway Auction, a fundraiser that used to be held each spring by the Catholic school system.

The LRCSS held what was referred to as a Legacy Event last June at the former Immaculata Catholic High School. Many former Immaculata students returned to the school to walk the halls for a final time.

School officials said the event served as a final goodbye to the venerable school on the corner of Sixth and Shawnee streets in downtown Leavenworth.

The first graduating class at what was then known as Catholic High School in Leavenworth was 1913. Since then, Catholic secondary education had been a part of the Leavenworth community until last spring’s closure.

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