Foundation created to stop Catholic high school from closing

MCMECHEN, W.Va.– Parents, alumni and supporters of a Wheeling-area Catholic high school are asking for donations to try to keep the school open for the next school year.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register report that a 10-member committee is working on a five-year strategic plan to improve the financial stability of Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen.

The committee has also created the Save Bishop Donahue Foundation. Foundation President Norm Stenger says alumni from across the country have been active in supporting the community’s efforts. Organizers say donors will receive full refunds if the school does not re-open in the fall.

The Most Rev. Michael Bransfield last month announced the decision to close Donohue at the end of the academic year, citing declining enrollment as a chief issue.

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