Archdiocese grants St. Edmund School reprieve

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St. Edmund School learned Wednesday that its efforts were successful in reversing a February Archdiocese of Chicago decision to close the school this spring.

The archdiocese confirmed details reported by the Chicago Sun-Times today, including that the school raised donations to cover a $190,000 deficit, and satisfied archdiocese benchmarks for reconsideration such as paid enrollments at or near 200, three years of balanced budgets without archdiocese help, address needed building repairs and repay archdiocese loans within two years.

Central to the comeback was a Dominican University-driven proposed partnership that could turn St. Edmund into a lab school for the university's School of Education.

Rev. John McGivern could not be reached Thursday afternoon, but previously told WEDNESDAY JOURNAL he expected the closure decision would be overturned if St. Edmund could confirm 160 to 170 paid students for the fall. The school held an open house last week, but would not disclose enrollment information on Monday.

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