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4 Catholic high schools in Phila. Archdiocese avoid closure

Published On: Feb 24 2012 03:38:02 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 24 2012 03:44:26 PM EST
Conwell-Egan Catholic High School

Four high schools slated for closure by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are staying open.

People have come forward with donations large and small to keep the endangered high schools open for several years, church officials said Friday.

The affected schools are Conwell-Egan Catholic High School; Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls; Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School; and West Philadelphia Catholic High School.


Last month, church officials recommended the closures of the four high schools and 45 elementary schools in response to rising costs and declining enrollment, but last week archdiocesan officials granted appeals to 18 of the elementary schools on the closure list.

St. Philip Neri School in East Greenville, Montgomery Co., in the Boyertown Area School District, did not appeal the archdiocese's original decision. That school will close and be consolidated with St. Isidore School in neighboring Bucks County.