Methuen’s Presentation of Mary Academy Closing After 60 Years ‘With Great Sadness’

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After 60 years of educating students in the Merrimack Valley, Methuen’s Presentation of Mary Academy is closing its doors, the private Catholic school announced Thursday in a letter to families.

Citing a “steady decline” in enrollment and added increase in families needing tuition assistance, Head of School Rose Maria Redman said the Presentation of Mary Sisters are no longer financially able to support the school.

“The dedication of the administration, faculty, staff and Advisory Board has been extraordinary and despite these valiant efforts we have continued to face immense financial and enrollment challenges,” the letter, co-authored by Sr. Helene Cote, read.

The decision to close the school comes two months after the August announcement that the portion of the Searles Estate at 209 Lawrence St. in Methuen that houses the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary would shutter. In a statement at that time, that closure was due to “a process of future planning.”

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