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What Does the Future Hold for St. Joseph School in Camp Springs?

A school where students have learned for more than a century and a half may be closed.

The Diocese of Covington is weighing possibilities for St. Joseph School in Camp Springs, the small village in southern Campbell County.

Bishop Roger Foys was expected to speak at mass during the St. Joseph Summer Festival last Saturday afternoon but just before the service began, it was announced that he would instead appear the following week. Foys did attend the parish festival that day, however.

Mass at St. Joseph on Saturday before the summer festival began

Diocese of Covington spokesperson Tim Fitzgerald told The River City News that the diocese would have no comment on the matter and that no information was available. He also could not confirm whether Foys's schedule included an appearance in Camp Springs this weekend.

At the parish festival last weekend, some attendees speculated that the school would likely be closed. Someone answering phones at the school said that students were being enrolled for preschool and that that program would continue operations regardless of any decision related to the rest of the school. 

According to the Diocese of Covington website, there were only 29 students enrolled at St. Joseph, which has classes from kindergarten to 8th grade. The school has a lengthy history, dating back to the 1850's when Camp Springs was still known as Four Mile, according to St. Joseph's website. 

Monsignor William Neuhaus, pastor at St. Joseph Church, told The River City News on Tuesday that there was no word on what the decision would be as it relates to the future of the school. He also said that he anticipated the Bishop's arrival this weekend. 

St. Joseph Church

Of the 29 elementary schools operated by the diocese, St. Joseph in Camp Springs is the smallest. 

St. Philip in Melbourne has 79 students, Holy Family in Covington has 61, St. Anthony in Taylor Mill has 47 and are the only other schools with fewer than 100 students according to the diocese's website.

St. Joseph in Camp Springs is not to be confused with similarly named schools in Crescent Springs and Cold Spring.

Story & photos by Michael Monks, editor & publisher