Finally, some good news for parochial schools

There was some good news this week – for a change – concerning parochial education in Delaware County.

They announced first thing Monday morning at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop high schools that their mission of single-sex education would continue for at least another year.

In other words, Bonner will remain open for boys, Prendie for girls.

The schools’ future was clouded by the same problems that hang over so many archdiocesan schools in the struggling eastern end of the county, rising costs and declining enrollment.

That’s when alumni got involved. Facing a $300,000 deficit and a challenge from the archdiocese to raise $500,000, the schools’ backer came through.

I don’t know if the single-sex model can be maintained down the line, but it’s nice to see it last at least another year. Parochial schools have taken enough hits in recent years.

It was nice to be able to report some good news for a change.

Speaking of parochial schools, make sure you pick up a copy of our special giant Thanksgiving Day edition for a look at a very special holiday tradition. That is the annual collision between the youth football teams of St. Dorothy’s and St. Bernadette’s in Drexel Hill.

Each year thousands start their Thanksgiving celebrations by attending this clash of CYO powerhouses.

Check it out tomorrow.