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Lapeer K-8 school ended 2021-2022 with only 38 students

LAPEER — Bishop Kelley Catholic School has been closed permanently, announced Fr. Brian Hurley in a letter to parents Wednesday.

Hurley, pastor of Lapeer’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and head of the K-8 parochial school, attributed the closure to plummeting enrollment over the past few years.

As the 2021-2022 school year closed, Bishop Kelley’s enrollment totaled 38 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Hurley said at the current student count, the per pupil cost to attend the school was approximately $14,000. Since the cost of enrollment to families was $3,500 per student per year, the difference was being supplemented by parish income.

Hurley said the school will “try to assist the best we can” in transferring the remaining enrolled students to other nearby catholic schools.

Hurley has been pastor of Immaculate Conception and Bishop Kelley’s leader since the summer of 2018 following the departure of Fr. Douglas Terrien.