NEW GLOUCESTER – Eastgate Christian School is closing.

The 23-year-old parochial school on the Cobbs Bridge Road will shut its doors, citing “steadily declining enrollment.”

“The difficult financial climate has placed an added strain on parents paying tuition and has affected the operational costs of the school,” school officials said in a statement.

Superintendent Glenn Anderson refused all comment on the closure beyond the two-paragraph statement, which was mailed to the Sun Journal and attributed to the school board.

“Initial decline was in the high school grades and led to (their) closing in 2004,” the statement said. “Low enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year has made it unfeasible to continue kindergarten through eighth grades.”

According to Eastgate’s Web site, which was still operating on Monday, the school year is scheduled to end Wednesday, June 10.

“Eastgate Christian School has provided a solid Christian education in New Gloucester since 1986 and we would like to thank all students who have attended here as well as parents, volunteers and staff who have contributed so much throughout the years,” the statement said.


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