Well folks, with the announcement that St. Mark's in Hyattsville would merge with St. Camillus, it is time to try to recap what is happening.
OPEN - St. Jude's
OPEN - St. Catherine Laboure (at least for another year).
Closed and Merged: St. Hughes with St. Joseph in Beltsville.
Closed and Merged: St. Mark's (Hyattsville) with St. Camillus.
Unknown: St. Michael's in Ridge (Is working on raising a large amount of $$; I hope they make it).
Unknown: St. Jerome's**
Unknown: St. Michael's
(**Update 7am: I received word from a parent at St. Jerome's that they are have achieved 80% of their fundraising goal and have another major fundraiser in Feb. THEY WILL REMAIN OPEN! CONGRATS to the parents and supporters of St. J's. )
The schools that have a heavy number of student's who receive DC Opportunity Scholarships will probably merge/close within the next few years, unless there is some change in the make up of Congress. With the effective killing of the program (even with a valiant effort by the Archdiocese), this will be the death knell for some, if not all.
So, for all those who have their children in this program, or to all those who work in these schools, did you vote for the Most, Merciful Lord High Barack Obama (and the Democratic Congress). Is this the hope and change that you expected?