Bonner-Prendergast to appeal closing plan

Posted: January 20, 2012

Backers of Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby said Thursday they had raised more than $500,000 to prove to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the school had enough support to remain open.

"That's $500,000, not in pledges, but in cash," the Rev. James Olson, school president, said.

About 150 students, parents, and alumni had come to the school for an announcement that Bonner-Prendergast planned on Monday to appeal the archdiocese's intention to close the school. Olson said supporters hoped to raise another $500,000 by Monday.

On Jan. 6, an archdiocesan panel listed Bonner-Prendergast as one of four high schools and 45 elementary schools recommended for closing because of declining enrollment in the five-county region. - Staff report

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