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Catholic schools in Stark transform into a "school system" and some close
Two in downtown Canton close as full elementary schools

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The Diocese of Youngstown says closing three Catholic schools in Stark County is move toward integrated learning and toward what’s needed in education today.

But some parents aren’t buying it. A vigil was planned for tonight at St. Joseph’s School, on the west side of downtown Canton.

It is closing completely. 

The other downtown Canton school, St. Peter’s, and St. Louis in Louisville, are becoming early childhood education centers. But Monsignor Lew Gaetano says seven other schools – in Massillon, North Canton, Alliance, Canal Fulton and suburban areas of Canton – will expand their pre-school through eighth-grade offerings.

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“We’ve moved from a system of schools to a school system. And we believe that because of that school system, we are able to provide a strength, growth, creativity and innovation particularly in terms of 21stcentury learning communities and education.”

 About 280 students will be affected by the changes, which are to take effect next fall.

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