Group rallies to try and keep suburban school open

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VILLA PARK, Ill. --   Parents and community members in suburban Villa Park rallied tonight in their effort to keep a parochial grade school open.

A small group of parents and students – past and present – gathered outside St Alexander’s School tonight.

The rally was to show school board members inside there is a willingness to keep the doors open on a school, which is now in its 89th year.

Six years ago, St. Alexander's was in danger of closing but fundraising efforts by parents then, and increased enrollment, kept classes in session.

Now, enrollment is again down under 80 students total.  At least 30 new students are needed to keep the school alive through its 90th year.

The alumni Association says it has a 10 month plan to turn the  school around financially and are asking for an extension.

It is ultimately up to the Diocese of Joliet to keep the doors open.

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