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“No one wants to close schools,” Sellinger said. “We really want to retain our presence everywhere, but, when you think about the outcome of the study and the analysis that was done … there were four schools that were identified for merger or closure.”

In a statement in a news release from the archdiocese, Sellinger said the decisions “will allow us to invest dollars in areas that will keep Catholic schools competitive, attractive and successful, such as facilities, technology and tuition assistance.”

The study — by consulting firms Ayers Saint Gross, Datastory and Fielding Nair International — is the most recent push of a sustained effort to bring archdiocesan schools into the 21st century, said Barbara McGraw Edmondson, archdiocesan superintendent of schools.

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