PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland school district is preparing to absorb as many as 90 additional Maine students in the fall who could be transferring from a closing Catholic school.
Without the infusion of the former Catholic school students, the Portland district had anticipated having about 130 fewer students in the coming school year, mostly at the high school level.
The new students could be a challenge for the city’s $91.6 million public school budget for the next school year.
Earlier this month the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland announced that it is planning to close Cathedral School, which serves students in prekindergarten through grade 8.
School Superintendent Jim Morse tells the Portland Press Herald he’s anticipating that 91 Cathedral students could be entering the city’s elementary and middle schools in the fall.