Chicago's Catholic school system announced nine schools in the city and the suburbs will close their doors at the end of this coming school year.
The nine schools are three times as many as last year. Two more schools will be reconfigured. Schools in Lake and Cook County will be impacted and the suburbs are included.
The archdiocese says its due to low enrollment and shifting demographics.
1,280 students will be affected and more than 200 teachers and staff.
Francis Cardinal George has made cuts like this before. He leaves his post November 18th retiring after 17 years on the job. Making these cuts was perhaps one of his last tasks. It was not an easy one, but the archdiocese claims it was for the betterment of catholic schools overall. They continue to say it is to make Catholic schools in general more viable.
The archdiocese won't say how much money these closings will save nor will they say how much money its currently losing. But they will say any child that wants spot next year gets one.
According to a news release, six school facilities will close at the end of June 2015 including:
- St. Peter, 8140 Niles Center Road, Skokie
- St. Hyacinth, 3640 West Wolfram, Chicago
- St. Ladislaus, 3330 North Lockwood Avenue, Chicago
- St. Turibius, 4120 West 57th Street, Chicago
- St. Rene Goupil, 6340 South New England Avenue, Chicago
- St. Lawrence O’Toole, 4101 St. Lawrence Avenue, Matteson
Several other schools are being reconfigured or consolidated. These changes will take effect July 1, 2015:
- In Chicago, students at St. Dorothy’s, 7740 South Eberhard Avenue, will join students at St. Columbanus School, 7120 South Calumet Avenue, to form the new Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy.
- In Lake County, students from Holy Cross School, 720 Elder Lane in Deerfield, will merge with students at St. James School, 140 North Avenue in Highwood.
- In Des Plaines, students from Our Lady of Destiny School, 1880 Ash Street, will merge with students at St. Zachary School, 567 West Algonquin Road.
- The Nativity Early Childhood Center, 2740 West 68th Street in Chicago, will continue to serve the Marquette Park neighborhood, with the potential partnership of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
- In fall 2015, Saint Agatha Catholic Academy, 3151 West Douglas Boulevard in Chicago, will become an early Childhood Center, with a potential partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.