Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Catholic Schools Leaving Montco Cities for Greener Pastures

School Siting is an issue that has been identified as a barrier to Safe Routes to School and Neighborhood Revitalization. Read more about the issue as it pertains to Pennsylvania here

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Press Release

PHILADELPHIA (January 28, 2008) - As a clear reflection of steadfast commitment to Catholic education, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, opened Catholic Schools Week by announcing that the Archdiocese plans to build two new, state-of-the-art Catholic high schools in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County and Hilltown Township, Bucks County.

....However, Kennedy-Kendrick High School in Norristown, St. Pius X High School in Pottstown and Lansdale Catholic High School in Lansdale will be closed and their students will be transferred to the two new schools.

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Andy B from Jersey said...

Catholic schools, particularly high schools, are not really neighborhood schools per say except maybe in center city, urban locations. In New Jersey at least most kids who go to Catholic High Schools, even those in the old town centers, took the bus. They by there nature they attract students from well beyond a reasonable walking or even cycling distance.

However the abandonment of town center locations for virgin green fields is still a sin in the opinion of this "green faith" modeled old Catholic boy.