Friday, February 17, 2012

The archdiocese checks in

We've now heard from the archdiocese. Here is their official advisory on this morning's press conference:

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO ANNOUNCE FINAL DECISIONS OF THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION APPEALS PROCESS

FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Decisions will be announced regarding elementary schools that appealed the Blue Ribbon Commission recommendations.

10:30 a.m.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Archdiocesan Pastoral Center

Auditorium

222 North 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Blue Ribbon Commission recommendations were originally announced on January 6, 2012. Following those announcements, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia established an appeals process to allow schools the opportunity to present fact-based evidence in support of their position to remain open or not merge.

The final decisions regarding the four high schools, Conwell-Egan Catholic High School; Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls; Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School; and West Philadelphia Catholic High School are not ready to be announced at this time as information is still being clarified.

Review committees were established consisting of members of the Blue Ribbon Commission as well as Archdiocesan administrators to facilitate requests for review from parish elementary schools and high schools.

For review meetings involving elementary schools, participants included the pastors, principals, business managers from both partnering or all regionalizing schools in addition to the members of the Elementary School Review Committee.

Review meetings involving high schools consisted of members of the Blue Ribbon Commission and the Board of Education as well as Archdiocesan administrators in addition to the President, Principal, and Advisory Board Chair.

At the meetings, the review committees presented the facts considered by the Blue Ribbon Commission in reaching its recommendation. Those requesting a review were given the opportunity to present the reasoning for their request along with supporting facts and documentation.

At 10:30 a.m. the Faith In the Future website (www.faithinthefuture.com) will be updated to reflect the results of the appeals process regarding the elementary schools.

Also, at 12:00 p.m. there will be a conference call for media unable to attend at 10:30 a.m. The contact information will be communicated on Friday.

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