Mater Dei Prep to close in June

Marter Dei PrepMarter Dei Prep, the Catholic High School affiliated with St.Mary Parish in Middletown will close due to financial losses at the conclusion of the current school year, according to a press release issued today by Father Jeff Kegley, Pastor of the parish.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mater Dei Prep will close at the end of this school year, June 2015. Over the many years, Mater Dei Prep has been running large financial deficits. It had been the hope of the Parish Finance Council and myself that these trends could be reversed. However, the 2014-2015 projected loss is close to one million dollars,” Kegley said.

Founded in 1964, Mater Dei Prep currently has an enrollment of 340 students and employs 48 faculty and staff. Enrollment numbers had recently seen some growth, but have not stabilized to the point of sufficiently supporting the school’s viability.

Father Kegley said that the high school’s closing will not impact the elementary school, Saint Mary School, which has an enrollment of 680 students.

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “Mater Dei Prep to close in June”

  1. Bob English said at 12:08 am on February 4th, 2015:

    As a Mater Dei Alum (Class of ’77) I was shocked and saddened to learn of this today. Ironic that is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the school by Monsignor Robert T. Bulman. I still remember the first time I was there prior to its opening. I was only 6 or 7 years old and was there with my mother and father on what I think was an open house walk thru for parishioners of St. Mary’s when construction was almost complete…..thoughts with families and current students and staff who are still attending/working at Mater Dei along with all fellow alumni.

  2. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » There is still Hope for Marter Dei Prep said at 9:10 am on February 6th, 2015:

    […] Tuesday, Father Jeff Kegley announced the school would close its doors and stop educating young Catholics in June because after years of financial losses the parish could […]