St. Mary's High School http://kcur.org en Closing Of St. Mary's School Reflects Declining Enrollment In Catholic Schools http://kcur.org/post/closing-st-marys-school-reflects-declining-enrollment-catholic-schools <p>The St. Mary's community is reeling from what they feel was the abrupt and insensitive way&nbsp;the diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph closed their 160-year-old school.&nbsp; Many of the families in the Independence,&nbsp; Sugar Creek and Blue Springs areas are alums and have children and grandchildren there.</p><p>But the diocese says closing the 160-year-old school was strictly a business decision; the diocese couldn't pay the bills to keep the school open. The reason, they say, is the tumbling enrollment.&nbsp; Only seven students enrolled for the 2013-2014 freshman class.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:00:38 +0000 Laura Ziegler 32406 at http://kcur.org Closing Of St. Mary's School Reflects Declining Enrollment In Catholic Schools St. Mary's Final Basketball Season Comes To An End http://kcur.org/post/st-marys-final-basketball-season-comes-end <p>Four basketball games took place last Friday at the <a href="http://www.stmhs.org/">St. Mary’s High School</a> gymnasium in Independence for the last time.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.diocese-kcsj.org/">The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph</a> announced last month the school will close at the end of the school year because of declining enrollment.&nbsp; It has been around for 160 years.</p><p>The captain of the cheerleaders, a senior, shares her thoughts. Her name is Emily Echlin, the daughter of KCUR sports contributor Greg Echlin.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:28:27 +0000 Greg Echlin 32371 at http://kcur.org St. Mary's Final Basketball Season Comes To An End