The Diocese of Rockville Centre says it plans to close six Roman Catholic elementary schools on Long Island.
In a letter posted on the diocese's website Monday, Bishop William Murphy said the closures were necessary due to a decline in the school-age population and the economic climate.
Murphy said closing schools was painful, but his goal is "ensure the long-term sustainability, growth and excellence of Catholic elementary schools."
Newsday says Nassau schools slated for closure are St. John Baptists De LaSalle Regional School in Farmingdale, St. Catherine of Sienna School in Franklin Square, St. Ignatius Loyola School in Hicksville and Sacred Heart School in North Merrick.
In Suffolk, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Lindenhurst and Prince of Peace Regional School in Sayville will close at school year's end.