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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Outlines Review Process For Schools Recommended To Close, Partner Or Regionalize

Today, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia outlined a review process for parish and school administrators who wish to request that the recommendation of a closure, partnership or regionalization be reconsidered for their school.

The Archdiocese has established two Review Committees-one for parish elementary schools and one for high schools-to facilitate these requests. Pastors, elementary school principals and high school presidents seeking an appeal have been asked to contact the Office of Catholic Education to request a meeting with the appropriate Review Committee.

These committees, which consist of members of the Blue Ribbon Commission and Archdiocesan administrators, will hold review meetings starting Thursday, January 12 and continue through early February. At these review meetings, school representatives will be presented with all of the facts used by the Blue Ribbon Commission in reaching its recommendation. Those requesting a review will also be given the opportunity to present the reasoning for their request along with supporting facts and documentation.

The Review Committees will present all information to Archbishop Chaput for his consideration. He will then make a final decision. A final listing of the schools affected will be made public by mid-February.