Financial losses cited for closure of Catholic school

WHEELING, W.Va. — Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Wheeling-Charleston has released a letter elaborating on the decision to close Bishop Donahue High School at the end of the academic year.

In a letter published Thursday in The Intelligencer of Wheeling, Bransfield said issues that led to the decision to close the school included shrinking enrollment and the resulting financial burden to the diocese.

He said the funds raised by supporters since the decision was announced would fail to cover the cost of even a single pay period.

Save Bishop Donahue Foundation committee member Dana Mele expressed disappointment in the letter.

In February, the foundation appealed the diocese’s decision to close the school. Mele says the appeal will be going to church leadership in Rome by March 8.

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston officials haven’t commented.

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