The Diocese of Des Moines

Closure of Assumption Catholic School — 

            After 87 years of educating students in a faith-filled setting, Assumption Catholic School in Granger will close at the end of the current school year. The school has 62 students.

            Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates and Father Dominic Assim, pastor of Assumption Parish, announced the closure effective the 2016-2017 school year.

            After six months of intensive study regarding the school's future, three representative bodies - the parish's Pastoral Council, Finance Council and School Board - met in joint session on Monday, March 21. While the School Board members recommended the implementation of a plan that would keep the school open for at least one more year, the other two councils regrettably recommended closure in the face of current and projected financial deficits.

            "It is with great regret that we announce the acceptance of the recommendation to close the school," Bishop Pates and Father Assim noted. "It has enjoyed a marvelous 87-year history in which the parish takes justifiable pride. It is with gratitude that we acknowledge the contribution of so many to make the school so beneficial for so long. Especially do we commend the valiant efforts of current parents and members of the school board to seek continuation in the face of daunting financial reality."

            Assumption School will assist current teachers who are seeking employment in other educational settings. In addition, every effort will be made and assistance will be provided for present students seeking placement in nearby Catholic schools.

            "The loss of the school and transition to new settings hold significant challenge for all involved with the institution," said Bishop Pates. "The present situation calls for our prayers, kindness, compassion and forbearance. Integrity should characterize the celebration of a proud history of a school which has contributed so much to the lives of so many."