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Butler Catholic, diocese look at fall return

May 26, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Students file out of Butler Catholic School at the end of the school day in 2019.

Pennsylvania school districts are struggling to make financial decisions when it comes to preparing for next year.

The coronavirus pandemic has created many unknowns in tax revenue, state allocations and outside donations.

For Catholic schools, which are supported mostly through tuition, the unknowns are even bigger. But locally, that doesn't mean next school year is a lost cause.

“We are definitely opening next year,” said Sister John Ann Mulhern, principal of Butler Catholic School. “We're definitely going to be here.”

This is not to say Butler Catholic won't face economic challenges.

Although exact numbers still are unclear, Mulhern expects the school will need to navigate tuition shortages because of local pandemic-induced financial hardships.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appeared in Wednesday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read about how they school plans to cope with the funding shortage.

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