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By Chris Hrapsky

Parochial school parents will find out Tuesday if their plan to save Catholic Central Elementary School from closing will pass the ACES/Xavier Board of Trustees.

The school board previously voted to close the school due to a projected deficit of about $300,000 next year and declining enrollment in the district.

The board of trustees will meet at 4:30 to decide whether the parent-created plan to save Catholic Central will move on to the next phase or fail.

Two weeks ago, a group of ACES/Xavier parents pitched their ideas to the board, and board members said they liked the plan a lot.

ACES/Xavier president Tony Abts said the board needed to look at the plan in more detail and find out exactly how much money is needed next year to stay out of debt.

The parents have been able to raise $475,000 in new pledges for the next three years. Plus, they plan to introduce a day care, an adopt-a-student program, and new marketing efforts to boost enrollment.

Parent organizers tell Action 2 News they've been in close contact with ACES/Xavier administration and they're confident at this point the board will recommend the plan.

If it does, the plan will move to the corporate board for final consideration.

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