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OKLAHOMA CITY — An 80-year-old tradition is about to come to an end in Oklahoma City. Villa Teresa Catholic School will close its doors at the end of July. The school has been in operation, just north of downtown, since 1933.

“I’m sad and disappointed. We’ve really enjoyed our time here and hate to see it close down,” parent Sam Griffith said.

A year ago, the Villa Teresa school in Moore also shutdown; mostly due to declining demand and enrollment.

In a letter to parents, school leaders cited three factors closing the downtown school including rising costs, having fewer sisters available to oversee the schools operations and the need to update the old buildings.

“We’ve been able to put Band-Aids on but major repairs are needed,” Sister Patricia Ann Miller said.

The letter sums up, “The Carmelite Sisters have subsidized the schools each year for the last 15 years and can no longer continue to do so.”

“We hope they understand it’s just not something that can be continued,” Miller said.

The closure means parents like Griffith will have to find a new school for their children to attend. 

In all, 230 students and 40 faculty will have to do the same.

“We’ll have to find somewhere else to go. It’s sad. We’ve been here a couple years and really enjoy it,” Griffith said.

Any families that have enrolled for fall classes will have their money refunded.

The last day at the school will be July 31.

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