(CBS) – The Archdiocese of Chicago plans to shut down several schools.
Church officials blame funding and say they have given more than $100 million to its schools on top of what the parishes earned.
They will close at least six schools at the end of the current school years, affecting nearly 800 students. Parents will be encouraged to transfer their children to nearby Catholic schools and offered tuition discounts to offset any inconvenience.
The Archdiocese isn’t saying which ones will be shutting their doors.
Published reports say Our Lady of Victory School — near Agatite and Laramie — is one of the schools shutting down.
“We are committed to providing a high-quality educational and faith formation experience to every child in our schools,” Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, said in a statement. “By focusing our resources on schools that are well positioned to attract an optimum enrollment level and equipped to meet the needs of a modern curriculum we can help ensure this network will remain sustainable over the long term.”