As noted on Friday, students, parents and local residents will gather this morning — at a mass at 10 or afterwards at the school — to show “support and solidarity in saving our beloved school.”
This past Monday, the Archdiocese of New York took the community by surprise in announcing the school will close here on Seventh Street and Avenue B at the end of this academic year. (St. Brigid is one of seven NYC Catholic schools marked for closure by the Archdiocese.)
Meanwhile, parents and residents are now questioning where the money is from the anonymous donation that spared St. Brigid Church from demolition. As reported at the time in 2008:
“The donor also has given $2 million to establish an endowment to help the parish meet the spiritual needs of community residents. A separate gift of $8 million will support Saint Brigid School, and other Catholic schools in need.”
To the Post today:
“There still was a significant amount of money left,” said Edwin Torres, who formed an organization to save the church.
He said the cash went to the Archdiocese and there should have been at least $2 million for the school.
“They really haven’t shown an accounting for that,” he said.
And the response from the Archdiocese of New York:
Joseph Zwilling, an Archdiocese spokesman, told the Post the school did have money left in its endowment fund — about $1.5 million.
But he said the school is losing $850,000 a year, a loss the Archdiocese has been covering.
“It is a sad reality that it is nearly impossible to run a school with only 119 students in Grades K-8,” Zwilling said.
And the response from a parent:
Matthew Daloisio, a St. Brigid parent working to save the school, said the $1.5 million was “absolutely a lot of money” and parents would work to boost enrollment if that would keep the doors open.
“Then with our help, there should be no reason the school can’t stay open,” he said.
There is also a petition in circulation (link here) to help save the school.
And here’s a look at some of the homemade signs that line the school…