CANTON: The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announced Friday its plan for closing and reconfiguring private schools in Stark County.

As part of the church’s effort to restructure amid shrinking budgets and declining enrollment, St. Joseph in Canton will close at the end of the current school year.

St. Peter and Our Lady of Peace schools in Canton, St. Louis in Louisville and Regina Coeli in Alliance no longer will enroll students beyond fifth grade.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville will add a middle school wing to accept students displaced from other buildings.

More information is available on the News & Media page of the diocese’s website,, or by calling 330-744-8451 or 330-526-8366.