Wilton’s Our Lady of Fatima Academy faces closure — again — due to fewer students

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Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy is facing enrollment concerns, according to Diocese of Bridgeport’s Director of Communications Brian D. Wallace.

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy is facing enrollment concerns, according to Diocese of Bridgeport’s Director of Communications Brian D. Wallace.

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WILTON — Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy may be finding itself in a similar predicament to the summer of 2020 when it was on the brink of closing due to low enrollment and fundraising issues.

“Very similar scenario,” Diocese of Bridgeport Director of Communications Brian D. Wallace said Tuesday after speaking with the superintendent’s office.

Wallace disclosed that there are some “serious challenges” that the school is facing at the moment. “Enrollment is declining,” he said.

He also said that the school budget is “running another deficit.”

The Roman Catholic elementary school was lifted in 2020 by parents of its student body after they raised more than $140,000 in a matter of days, which helped attract new enrollment at the time.

After conferring with the superintendent’s office, Wallace said that no official decision has been made on the fate of the Wilton school. Wallace did not disclose a dollar amount that needs to be raised, or a student quota that needs to be reached Tuesday.

Wallace lauded the parents’ efforts then and now. He added that parents have recently met with the president of the school board and with other school officials.

“I think we’re at a point where people know it’s very important, first of all, to re-enroll their students in the school at this point because that helps with planning for the future,” Wallace said, “or if they know people that are interested to send them in. It’s a key time for re-enrollment.”

He said he expects parents will be doing “everything they can” in the next two to three weeks to help fundraise for the school.

“Hopefully, things will improve,” Wallace said. “But at this point, there are definitely challenges.”

The problem, he reiterated, is getting “kids in the seats” and that is what everybody is focused on.