Amid pandemic, scores of Catholic schools face closure

Amid pandemic, scores of Catholic schools face closure

Guidance secretary Marge Berckmiller, left, and Sister Bridget Reilly, director of guidance, prepare student transcripts June 8 to send to other schools after the closure of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa. The staff learned of the closure May 29 via videoconference.
A cross sits in the window of an empty classroom at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa. Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik recently announced the school’s closure, saying the decision was based on declining enrollment, unsustainable cost projections and insufficient funds to assure its long-term viability.
Timothy Waxenfelter, principal of Quigley Catholic High School, and his granddaughter Cesa Pusateri, 12, clean out his office after the recent closure of the school in Baden, Pa. The decision, announced by Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh, was said to be based on declining enrollment, unsustainable cost projections and insufficient funds to assure the school’s long-term viability.
A portrait of St. John Paul II hangs beside a row of empty lockers in the main hallway of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa.
Cesa Pusateri, 12, and her grandfather, Timothy Waxenfelter, principal of Quigley Catholic High School, leave with his collection of speech and debate books after the recent closure of the school in Baden, Pa., Monday, June 8, 2020. According to the National Catholic Educational Association, at least 100 schools have announced in recent weeks that they won’t reopen this fall.
A cross hangs on the wall next to a U.S. flag in an empty classroom at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa.
In this Nov. 5, 1997, photo, students walk down a stairwell between classes at The Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore. Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The school, founded in 1847, is due to close on June 30, 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alumna.
This Sept. 17, 2015, photo shows the chapel at the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore. Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The school, founded in 1847, is due to close on June 30, 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alumna.

Amid pandemic, scores of Catholic schools face closure

Guidance secretary Marge Berckmiller, left, and Sister Bridget Reilly, director of guidance, prepare student transcripts June 8 to send to other schools after the closure of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa. The staff learned of the closure May 29 via videoconference.
A cross sits in the window of an empty classroom at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa. Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik recently announced the school’s closure, saying the decision was based on declining enrollment, unsustainable cost projections and insufficient funds to assure its long-term viability.
Timothy Waxenfelter, principal of Quigley Catholic High School, and his granddaughter Cesa Pusateri, 12, clean out his office after the recent closure of the school in Baden, Pa. The decision, announced by Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh, was said to be based on declining enrollment, unsustainable cost projections and insufficient funds to assure the school’s long-term viability.
A portrait of St. John Paul II hangs beside a row of empty lockers in the main hallway of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa.
Cesa Pusateri, 12, and her grandfather, Timothy Waxenfelter, principal of Quigley Catholic High School, leave with his collection of speech and debate books after the recent closure of the school in Baden, Pa., Monday, June 8, 2020. According to the National Catholic Educational Association, at least 100 schools have announced in recent weeks that they won’t reopen this fall.
A cross hangs on the wall next to a U.S. flag in an empty classroom at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pa.
In this Nov. 5, 1997, photo, students walk down a stairwell between classes at The Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore. Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The school, founded in 1847, is due to close on June 30, 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alumna.
This Sept. 17, 2015, photo shows the chapel at the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore. Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating dramatically amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The school, founded in 1847, is due to close on June 30, 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alumna.
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