Parents hope to keep high school open

April 3, 2009 9:10:46 PM PDT
There is some hope on Friday night that a suburban school facing closure may remain open after all.Driscoll Catholic High School in Addison is currently scheduled to close at the end of the year.

An effort is underway, however, to try to keep the beloved institution open.

In its 43 years, Driscoll Catholic has established an incredible athletic tradition with seven consecutive state football titles. This year its girls basketball team took state. But beyond sport, Discoll sends nearly all its graduates on to college. It is very much a family.

"It is such a tight family. This is why I spend my money here," said Carla Caruso Driscoll Parent.

On Friday night, the Driscoll family was told that there is no longer enough money, and that this year will be Driscoll's last.

"We can't pay the bills. If we cannot pay the bills now, how can we pay the bills next year?" said Thomas Geraghty, Driscoll superintendent.

Driscoll's gym on Friday evening was packed with parents and students who are stunned and angry over a decision they dispute and communication they say was absent.

Driscoll's founder and operators, the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, say the reality is enrollment continues to drop and the school is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. It needs a million dollars to get through this year.

Rather than accept a death sentence, the crowd Friday night turned its questions to how to find the money, and plans that a group might put together to save Driscoll.

"I need to see the financials before I comment, but I think there are some possibilities," said Gene Faut Driscoll parent.

While the closing is still scheduled, the Christian Brothers said on Friday night they would look at a plan to save the school, if its realistic.


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