CHICAGO (CBS) — A local charity is offering millions of dollars to the Archdiocese of Chicago, in an effort to prevent more Catholic schools from closing in the future.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports five Chicago area Catholic schools – St. Gregory’s High School, St. Helena’s Of the Cross Elementary, and St. Paul Elementary in Chicago; St. Bernadine Elementary in Forest Park; and St. Kieran in Chicago Heights – are being closed as part of budget-cutting at the Archdiocese.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Illinois, 1-3 Inches Of Snow Possible
The Big Shoulders Fund has been providing support to some of those schools, and has announced it will invest millions of dollars more into Catholic schools in Chicago to avoid school closures in the future.
The move won’t save the five schools already slated to close at the end of the school year.READ MORE: Northwestern Medicine Study Gives Clues About How Long COVID-19 Symptoms Can Linger
The charity already provides $12 million to $14 million a year to 93 inner-city Catholic schools. This year, it gave $6 million in scholarships to students in pre-school to high school.
The Big Shoulders Fund is working with the Archdiocese on a three-year plan to make sure enrollment grows at Catholic schools in underserved communities.MORE NEWS: 8-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Shot In Head In Little Village; Man Critically Wounded
The dollar amount and specifics of the agreement will be finalized in the next few weeks.