There was a celebration Friday at Conwell-Egan High School in Fairless Hills, Bucks County. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will keep it open next year in spite of a blue ribbon commission recommendation that it be closed. Three other parochial high schools that were also slated for closure will remain open too. They are Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Northeast Philadelphia and West Philadelphia Catholic as well as Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast in Drexel Hill, Delaware County. Philadelphia Archdiocese officials say they are taking the high schools off the closure list because of fundraising efforts on their behalf. Parents, students and friends of Conwell-Egan have collected about $3,000,000 in donations to keep it open.
Seven catholic elementary schools in Bucks and Montgomery Counties will remain parish schools after winning appeals of a blue ribbon commission recommendation to close or consolidate. They are Saint John the Baptist in Ottsville, Saint Michael the Archangel in Tullytown, Our Lady of Grace in Penndel, Saint Mark in Bristol, Saint Ephrem in Bensalem, Holy Trinity in Morrisville and Visitation BVM in West Norriton. Sain John the Evangelist in Lower Makefield will close in June instead of becoming a regional school as recommended by the blue ribbon commission. The final decision on the fate of Conwell-Egan High School in Fairless Hills is due next week.