Bishop to announce VC decision tonight

Bishop Lawrence T. Persico

Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of the Erie Catholic Diocese will announce his final decision regarding the future of Venango Catholic High School tonight.

Persico will meet with parents, faculty and staff at 6:30 p.m. at the school.

Persico announced on Feb. 16 that the school would close at the end of the current school year, but on March 17 he suspended his decision to close the school for 30 days and gave the Save VCHS group a month to come up with a plan to keep the school viable.

The group had formed within days of Persico’s closure announcement.

The Save VCHS leadership team presented its plan for viability to Persico on April 18, and the bishop then asked for several modifications after he reviewed the plan carefully, according to a press release from Save VCHS.

Over the past week, members of the Save VCHS leadership have worked closely with diocesan officials to make the necessary revisions, which were presented to the diocese late last week, the press release said.

Persico had said after the 90-minute meeting on April 18 that he would decide the fate of the school by May 1, but the diocese asked for a few more days to review the new information.