Chicago Catholic archdiocese to close 6 schools

January 9, 2014

The Associated Press

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced it may close up to six schools at the end of the academic year and lay off some staff because of funding shortfalls.

Catholic schools superintendent Sister Mary Paul McCaughey on Thursday refused to name the schools that will close.

McCaughey told WMAQ-TV "there is a lot of hurt" among the families with children attending the schools. She said even if the schools have been on a watch list, learning they will close "is always a surprise."

Officials of Our Lady of Victory School in Chicago say they were notified the school will be closed unless it can eliminate the need for nearly $400,000 in yearly grants from the archdiocese.

Last year, a funding deficit forced the closing of five Catholic schools.