RUMFORD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland will support keeping the Holy Savior School in Rumford open, despite a pattern of declining enrollment, according to a press release sent out on Saturday.
Bishop Richard Malone sent a letter to the Holy Savior Parish over the weekend informing parishioners.
“I have been impressed and heartened by the effective mix of seasoned parents along with new energized parents who share a commitment to the long-term growth of Holy Savior School and parish,” Malone said in the letter. “I have reviewed the recommendation of Holy Savior Parish Finance Council and various individual correspondences from parishioners. After prayerful consideration, I give my approval to the strategic and marketing plan and I suggest an immediate launching of this plan.”
The school has 40 enrolled students K-8, with 18 students in pre-K, according to the release. That’s down from 100 students enrolled pre-K through eighth grade about 10 years ago.
The Diocesan school board recently reviewed a plan submitted by the Holy Savior school board and endorsed some aspects and added some recommendations of its own, according to the release.
The plan includes a five-year marketing strategy, with and goals to increase enrollment by 15 percent in the first year and an additional 3 percent increase each of the remaining four years.
Barbara Pelletier, the school’s teaching principal, told the Sun Journal in January that the school remains an important part of the community.
“Our faith has to be taught,” she said. “There’s a lot of support for our school, more than against it.”
The school will turn 100 years old in 2012.