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Sacred Heart High School to close at end of academic year

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After a fight to stay open, a Vineland Catholic School is closing its doors for good.

"It's really upsetting. I always pictured graduating here."

Julia Martini - a junior at Sacred Heart High School has spent her days as a cheerleader supporting the lions. But in a few weeks, all of that will come to an end.

"I'm just really upset that I have to change schools my senior year, of all years."

Students, parents and faculty all received the news, that after 86 years of educating students, the Diocese of Camden is shutting down the school at the end of the academic year.

The announcement to shut down comes one year after the Diocese attempted to close down the school. Sacred Heart was able to keep the doors open thanks to a community effort and fundraising.

But this year due to a lack in enrollment, they say the fight is officially over.

"We were losing 53 seniors; we had hoped to replace the 53 seniors with 53 freshman if not more. We only had 23 students register," said Head of the school, Charles "Chalky" Ottinger.

Unlike last year, school officials say this time they are not fighting the closure.

"I think this time it's a final decision," said Ottinger. "I don't think we can continue each year, to be holding breath wondering if we were going to be ok."

"It's anger," said junior, Matt Gladfelter. "Its what it is and we tried so hard to keep the doors open and we did and we're here trying so hard and it seemed so clear."

But for these students, the future is not clear. They must now decide if they want to continue learning under the Diocese or switch to the public school system.

Sacred Heart students are being offered a $15,000 tuition discount if they enroll at a Diocese of Camden Catholic High School for next year.

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