LA GRANGE PARK – St. Louise de Marillac School in La Grange Park will close at the end of the school year, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Jan. 13.
The school, 1125 Harrison Ave., lost 38 students this year and faces a $250,000 deficit. The school opened in 1955. Annual tuition is $,4.980.
“I regret to inform you of some difficult news,” Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools, wrote in a letter to parents. “St. Louise de Marillac School has faced low enrollment in recent years, which has created financial strain on the school. The archdiocese set targets to grow enrollment each year and remain financially solvent. Despite strong efforts, the school does not have sufficient fundraising to cover the deficit and outside donors have not stepped forward.”
A message on the school website thanked the community for its support, which included financial pledges exceeding $90,000. The goal of the pledge drive was $300,000.
“We were given a monumental task,” the website message said. “We worked tirelessly to achieve the goals set forth to us. Despite our best efforts, it wasn’t enough. The students and families of St. Louise School are forever grateful to the hundreds of individuals and businesses who stepped up to pledge $90,291 in support of our efforts over the past five days. Words cannot express our thanks.”
“I recognize this news has a difficult impact on you and your family,” Rigg said. “We are committed to making the transition caused by this closure as easy as possible. In the coming weeks, a representative from the Archdiocese of Chicago will reach out to you regarding nearby Catholic schools.”
A map of nearby Catholic schools, as well as information regarding tax credit scholarships, will be available to parents at the school office.
“I commend the dedicated leaders, faculty and staff of St. Louise de Marillac School for their tireless work to foster an academically rigorous and faith-filled community,” Rigg said. “St. Louise de Marillac School has provided a strong education to generations of young men and women, helping them develop intellectually, physically and spiritually. Please know we remain committed to your children’s Catholic education and will do everything we can to assist you in the days, weeks and months ahead.”
St. Colette School in Rolling Meadows, St. Jane de Chantal School in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood, St. Joseph School in Round Lake, and St. Maria Goretti School in Schiller Park also will close at the end of the school year, the Archdiocese announced.