What they're saying about closings

March 04, 2010

"This is a major blow. It's terrible. I don't know what I'm going to do now. I don't want to send them to public [school]."

Ted Ewachiw, father, Sacred Heart of Mary School, East Baltimore

"We had a lot of hope this school was going to be one of the ones that stayed open. The parents are really involved."

Alicia Alvez, mother, Sacred Heart of Mary School, East Baltimore

"I'm not happy. I'm angry. Where am I going to go for my senior year?"

Brad White, junior, Cardinal Gibbons School

"I wish there were a painless way to do this. It's going to be quite painful. It's going to have a ripple effect beyond what we can predict."

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien

"This will be a very difficult and painful time of transition for many families and Catholic school staff members in the Baltimore area. I spoke to Archbishop O'Brien today and have been assured that city students attending these schools will have opportunities to transfer to other Catholic schools in the region."

Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake

"We feel really confident that we can serve any student who comes to the city schools."

Laura Weeldreyer, deputy chief of staff, Baltimore public schools

"The archdiocese's decisions, both currently and in the past, have done little to win my confidence or support."

Trish Jasinski, mother, St. Clare School, Essex

"You do the math. It's obvious this school was going to have to close."

Betty Carter, mother, Sacred Heart of Mary School, East Baltimore

"It was a great environment to be in. I had great teachers; we had some great athletic teams. I really treasure the time I was there."

Dr. James Richardson, chief of geriatric medicine, St. Agnes Hospital; Cardinal Gibbons School Class of 1972

"I'm so mad at the archdiocese right now. I might even turn Baptist."

Marty Kraft, Cardinal Gibbons School, Class of 1979

"These schools are such vital parts of families' lives that closing them is incredibly painful. There are no words. It is like a death."

Brother James Kiesel, St. Anthony of Padua

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