BALTIMORE (AP) — A financially struggling Orthodox Jewish school in Baltimore has announced plans to close at the end of the academic school year.

Officials say classes at Yeshivat Rambam will continue as normal until June and that Rambam is working on a plan to transition students to other schools. Rambam has 350 students in kindergarten through high school. Its enrollment has dropped by about 50 students in the past year.

Meyer Shields, the newly elected board president, says board members explored options to stay open but the weak economy and declining revenues and enrollment gave them no choice but to close.

The school opened in 1991 with 52 students in kindergarten through third grade. It added grades each year and graduated its first senior class in 2001.

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Comments (3)
  1. Ex-Baltimore says:

    Shame. Even Catholic schools are closing due to the bad economy. Also, “demographic shift” is occurring all over Maryland. Everyone knows what those qouatated words above means.

  2. Hilda Gonswallo says:

    Actually, I don’t know what “demographic shift” means. It could mean lots of things. Is it really necessary to put that in?

    1. pigeon says:

      Hopefully you will be Able to understand the following:
      “demographics are statistics about population. For instance demographics for a country might be something like 63% of the population are white. Or 42% are male. Or 33% earn over $20000 a year.
      A demographic shift would be a change in these figure (probable a significant change) For instance a shift from 20% of the population being aged between ten and twenty years old to 30 % of people being aged between ten and twenty years old.”
      And while it may not be “necessary” to use those words or that terminology it IS not only appropriate but also factual.

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