High School Closing: The Economys Fault?

April 6, 2009

So you thought that your job, gas, and inflation were the only things that were affected by the economy? Well those are a few of the major things at least. I just found out that my High School is getting shut down due to the low enrollment caused by the hike in tuition. I went to a small Catholic school in a small town in Massachusetts that was more than just a school. It was a second home. The story behind the closing is that the archdiocese of Boston asked the new pastor if they wanted to close the high school because of the financial situation caused by some “unholy” acts that the church has been through (you know what I am talking about) and the low enrollment. Without thinking twice, the pastor said yes. I guess he didn’t know all the passion and hard work put into keeping that school open.
I felt so comfortable there, it’s where I found myself, and now the juniors have to find somewhere else to go their senior year, or raise $ 500,000 to even make it an option to try and run the school for one more year. The kids of this school are now feeling the effects of the economy. Is it really fair that every generation has to suffer? To read more on what is going on you can visit http://www.friendsofhudsoncatholic.com which shows the passion from parents and students alike. It’s just sad.

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One Response to “High School Closing: The Economys Fault?”

  1. thebeerphilosopher said

    Hudson Catholic went under? Wow. As a St. John’s Pioneer, I can tell you that I empathize with you. It’s tough for schools funded by the arch-diocese; unlike independent schools (Bancroft comes to mind) which are funded primarily by rather large donations from alumni with rather deep pockets, Catholic schools draw a middle- and upper-middle class student body who, for one reason or another, become middle- or upper-middle class alumni. Their donations just don’t float a school budget when the economy goes south, especially with a hurting arch-diocese. The result? The incredibly heart-wrenching demise of a charitable institution.

    On the plus side, it’s one less team for the Pioneers to stomp all over on our way to yet another state football championship. DYNASTY!

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