Project reader Tom Lochhead provides a welcome update on the status of St. Anne's school, first discussed in a post last month.
Sorry for the delay in forwarding this to you. I was out of town.
As a follow up to your November 5 entry, St. Anne alumni and friends were charged with raising $100,000 by December 31 in order to keep the parish school open for another year. As you've stated previously, a familiar MO, out of the blue, plenty of money needed, and a short deadline during a recession and the Christmas season. As you can see in the attached memo, the parish has raised $40,000 so far and continues to solicit donations as the deadline nears.
While I hope for the best, I realize that even if the goal is met, the amount of funds needed to keep it open the following year and each succeeding year.
By going to the alumni web site www.stannealumni.org ,you can watch the countdown.Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year!
Tom is absolutely right, of course. Even if the St. Anne alumni manage to somehow miraculously come up with an additional US$60,000 in 11 days (unlikely), the model isn't working. The parish is going to face an increasing deficit every year. I applaud their efforts, but the school is toast.
You could argue that given the importance of Catholic education, the Archdiocese should step in and do something. But that's a dead horse I don't particularly feel like beating at the moment.
At the very least, the St. Anne kids won't be left in a lurch when the school closes--unlike attendees of two specific high schools that will remain unnamed. As noted previously, there are plenty of other nearby options. It won't be their own parish, and something special will undoubtedly be lost, but at least it's something. That's the most important thing.