Catholic Schools Superintendent Asks To Meet With St. Bernadette Parents

As Chicago Catholic Schools announces closings, St. Bernadette Academy gets call to set up meeting with parents for Friday.

St. Bernadette Academy, 9311S. Francisco Ave., in Evergreen Park.
St. Bernadette Academy, 9311S. Francisco Ave., in Evergreen Park.

The superintendent of Chicago Catholic Schools has requested a meeting with parents at St. Bernadette’s Academy Friday evening.

Superintendent Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey has been visiting other elementary schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago, notifying parents and staff that their schools would be closing at the end of the current school year, the Chicago Tribune reported.

McCaughey said the closings were necessary in order to cut $10 million in costs from the school budget. More schools may join the list before the end of the year.

So far, Our Lady of Victory and the Academy of St. Benedict the African in Chicago, Santa Maria del Popolo in Mundelein and St. Christopher in Midlothian.

McCaughey told the Tribune on Thursday that two more school closings will be announced before the end of the week, but would not reveal which schools.

The principal at St. Bernadette Academy at 9311 S. Francisco Ave. notified parents on the school's Facebook page that she had been asked by McCaughey to set up a meeting.

“I have been contacted by Sr. Mary Paul, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, that she would like to meet with all parents on Friday ... I realize this is short notice however your presence is greatly needed,” Baumann said.

The Springfield Dominican Sisters were appointed to open St. Bernadette Parish School in the fall of 1949. The school graduated its first eighth-grade class of 13 students in 1950.

Enrollment at the school peaked at 1,257 students in 1965, the school's website said.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, in O’Brien Hall.

Nolan January 10, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Yayyy! The fewer brainwashing our youth academies there are the better. I happily welcome the growing trend of reasonable people turning away from the church and not putting their children into these anti-society schools.
Roy Keane January 10, 2014 at 09:48 AM
@Nolan You're an iron-clad idiot. It's in these schools that children generally learn better manners which in turn enable them to carry themselves better in social situations. This only means more kids in the public school system which can barely handle the ones they have now. More kids, less attention given, slipping grades, slippery slope. Oh and you're advocating people losing their jobs. I hope YOU lose your job today, moron.
Mike January 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Our taxes goto the public school system but 'most' of the kids that come out of the public school system are the ones that create all the issues around our neighborhoods. Go figure, they get schooling for free but they get develop no manners and no respect for authority…but yet its the catholic school teachers that have to suffer with a low wage while the teachers and administrators that 'run' the public schools that get paid $100k+...
j.c January 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Wow Nolan are you angry about something GEEEZ!!!!
Barbie Deal January 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM
It's sad to have any school close. & FYI - public school kids turn out just fine!
MB January 10, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Sad. St. Bernadette was a great school filled with amazing memories, from Christmas Plays, Halloween Haunted Houses, O'Brien Hall and the Quonset Hut. Such amazing teachers and helpers. Thanks for everything St. Bernadette. And Nolan, I can promise you it was a great place to learn. Would be appreciated if maybe you just saved it for another day.
Tom January 10, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Tom January 10, 2014 at 01:44 PM
Anything the government provides the private sector does better and at a lesser cost. Why are people so upset about Obamacare yet we ship kids off to government run schools like cattle? Parents won't send their kids to north east school simce they have faied NCLB, that place is abysmal. The archdiocese should just close all the schools so people can see their property taxes go up by 50%.
Barbie Deal January 10, 2014 at 01:48 PM
My opinion - NE is still a good school!
Mark January 10, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Sad to say, but I think you will see more and more of these closings. Back in the day, if you were Catholic, there was no question of where you went to school, you would go to Catholic school. But that's no longer the case. People either can't afford to send their children to a Catholic school, or don't find the value in them, or just don't practice the religion. I am Catholic and I have to send my kid to Religious Ed cause I just can't afford it. Many others do the same. In my parish, the Religious Ed enrollment is increasing, and the school enrollment is flat.
Roy Keane January 10, 2014 at 05:08 PM
@Barbie Deal Relax. No one is insinuating that ALL public school kids turn out bad. But if you want to decrease the chances of your kid turning out bad then you send him to a private school over public school. The is no debating that.
swimmer January 10, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Roy, private schools have the luxury of weeding out problem children
Roy Keane January 10, 2014 at 07:46 PM
@Marianne Claussen You're supporting my argument then. If the child cannot hack it or is problematic then they are asked to leave which means less disruption and more focused curriculum on the other children which in turn will respond favorably.
Pamela Walker January 11, 2014 at 04:28 AM
Catholic Schools have not kept up with current education trends. Where are the science labs and cooperative learning environment. All the desks face forward with a chalkboard. Very little investment in infrastructure in these schools. This is not 1965. I am not going to invest in a system that is not moving with the times. They teach in the middle. Kids nowadays come to school reading and problem solving. Where is the foreign language program with a daily lessons taught by a certified teacher. No thank you to this kind of slow education.
Roy Keane January 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM
@Pamela Walker it's also important to note that when they removed a lot of the discipline from these schools it rendered them CLOSER to the level of public schools. Many parents sent their kids to these schools because they knew the teachers weren't going to take any BS. Unfortunate we're now in an entitlement era where it's more important to baby and spoil the kids versus actual discipline. I'm afraid that the "Moving with the times" that you speak of has done nothing but produce more and more kids that do not know how to communicate, have poorer manners than back in our day, can't do anything for themselves, and are nowhere near ready to join the real world.
Emily Goodman January 17, 2014 at 05:23 PM
@Nolan @Pamela Walker As a student of St. Bernadette Catholic Academy, I can tell you right now that you have never walked into our school. We have some of the highest testing scores, the best technology at our hands (laptops to every student), and hands on learning environment. St. Bernadette students are known for their academic excellence. This "Brainwashing" you speak of is false. Our school has enabled all students to test into the high school of their own choice. People aren't turning away from the church. It's the school that is closing; the church stays. "Anti-society" is your opinion, however this school has taught life skills that I will use my whole life. St. Bernadette has kept up with the current education trends. We wouldn't have MacBooks or iPads in our school if we weren't caught up with the "trends." We also have a science lab filled with many donated materials. You people don't know anything about this school. End of story!


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