At least a half dozen Chicago area Catholic elementary schools are slated close by the end of the school year.
Francis Cardinal George said it is a tough financial decision to close several Catholic schools. He won’t give an exact number, but it can grow.
“You have to not just look at operating costs but how can we pay $6 million to keep a school with 84 students open,” he said. “It’s not a good financial decision.”
Families at closing schools will receive $1,000 vouchers toward tuition at their new schools.
Our Lady of Victory on Chicago’s Northwest Side is one of the school’s, told Wednesday, they will be closing, even though their enrollment has nearly doubled to 170 over the past two years.
The school has two weeks to come up with a financial plan to keep the elementary school open. They need $400,000 a year.
Cardinal George says there are other Catholic school options in the neighborhood around the schools that are closing.
Other schools being closed: Our Lady of Victory, Academy of St. Benedit, Santa Maria del Popolo in Mundelein, and St. Christopher in Midlothian.