CHICAGO — St. Florian School in Hegewisch is among the six area Catholic schools slated to be closed, officials confirmed.
Earlier this week, Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, said six schools were being told this week that they must come up with alternative financing within a few weeks or face closure.
"With the parish's inability to significantly contribute to the school and the continued loss of enrollment (despite commendable marketing efforts) driving further losses even deeper, keeping the school open another year is not fiscally prudent," McCaughey wrote in a letter to school and parish administrators.
The school at 13110 S. Baltimore Ave. was established in 1907.
In the letter to St. Florian administrators, McCaughey wrote that $1,000 will be provided to each child who enrolls in another Archdiocese-run school next year.
Portage Park's Our Lady of Victory School is also on the list. A meeting will be held regarding that school's fate Friday evening.
The Daily Herald has reported that McCaughey on Monday night informed parents at Santa Maria Del Popolo School in north suburban Mundelein is also on the list of schools slated for closure.
Also slated for closure are two south suburban schools: St. Bernadette in Evergreen Park and St. Christopher in Midlothian, according to the SouthtownStar.