CHICAGO (CBS) — Alumni and parents of students at Hales Franciscan High School are launching a fund-raising drive in an attempt to try to prevent it from closing for at least a year.
They hope to raise $1 million dollars in three weeks, which they say would allow Hales to open for the fall semester on Sept. 19.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Flight Cancellations At Chicago Airports Amid Heavy Lake Effect Snow
Interim Principal Anthony Daniels-Halisi said closing to reorganize in the coming year was the “responsible” thing to do.
A year ago, the school remained open despite a $300,000 fundraising drive fell short. The school’s enrollment has been as high as 200 in recent years, but had enrolled only 34 students for the coming school year before its board pulled the plug last week. Despite that, Alumni Association President Brandon Davis Sr. said he sees reason for hope and has “been in touch” with “numerous” potential benefactors.