DOVER, N.H. — Two century-old private schools in New Hampshire, St. Mary Academy in Dover and St. Elizabeth Seton School in Rochester, will soon merge into one as part of a proposed plan to eventually create a new, larger unified Catholic education campus in the area.

Officials in the Diocese of Manchester's Catholic Schools Office confirmed the merger to Foster's Daily Democrat while stating the project is needed because of the "significant improvements" required at both schools' aging and increasingly costly buildings, and because both schools have seen sharp enrollment declines in recent years.

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