By David Madden

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – The Catholic Diocese of Camden has announced the closure of three schools in Cumberland County in the name of economy.

There are just 202 students at Sacred Heart High School in Vineland and a third of them are graduating in June. So they’ll shut down that school, along with a pair of elementary schools. Notre Dame in Landisville and St. Mary Magdaline in Millville are suffering from low enrollment and deficits are in the six figure range. Peter Feuerherd is a Diocesan spokesman.

“The purpose of the closings is really to try to maintain Catholic school education in the Vineland area.”

To that end, parents are being offered tuition discounts – $1,000 off next year to attend either Bishop Schad Elementary in Vineland or St. Mary’s in East Vineland. $1,500 is being offered for high school students to attend any of the six remaining Diocesan high schools.

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