BRONZEVILLE — Hales Franciscan High School is suspending academics for a year, according to early reports.
ABC7 is reporting that the Catholic high school at 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. will suspend its academic programs for the 2016-17 year and resume the following year.
Interim Principal Anthony Daniels-Halisi and Melody Spann Cooper, the chairman of the school’s board, were not immediately available to comment.
The school is outside of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago’s network of schools and has been fighting against declining enrollment in recent years.
Last year, school leadership said it needed between $1.5-$2 million to run the school as it fell dramatically short of fundraising goals, raising only $15,710 toward a $300,000 goal at last count.
The school opened in 1962 as a boys-only school and in 2013 went coed, a move that was not welcomed by some of the alumni.
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