In explaining its plan to close 13 Catholic schools at the end of the school year, the Archdiocese of Baltimore needs to acknowledge that at least one of these schools was not draining energy out of the entire system. St. William of York School has operated without a deficit and at nearly full capacity for a number of years. Among all schools evaluated by the review teams of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Catholic Schools, it received the second highest score.
This was not achieved with the help of the archdiocese, which provided little or no financial assistance to the school in recent years. Instead, it was achieved through the work of dedicated teachers, an exceptional principal and an enthusiastic pastor who praised and supported the school month after month, year after year.