Elementary school in Dogtown wins fight to stay open, for now - KMOV.com

Elementary school in Dogtown wins fight to stay open, for now

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St. James the Greater School will remain open, for now. Credit: KMOV St. James the Greater School will remain open, for now. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A months-long fight is over to keep a Dogtown elementary school open, for now.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced Wednesday that St. James the Greater grade school can stay open for the 2017-2018 school year.

St. James the Greater School first opened its doors in 1902 and a group of parents spent the last few months fighting to keep it open.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s just unbelievable and we are so grateful,” said parent Melissa Cobb.

Cobb said in October they were told the school would merge into another location, so they got the community involved and started to fundraise to keep the school in Dogtown.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis released a statement Wednesday, writing in part:

“After a significant anonymous donation was made to keep the school open, a memorandum of understanding was entered into by St. James the Greater Parish and the Archdiocese of St. Louis allowing the school to operate as a parish-based school for the next school year. The Archdiocese of St. Louis will not be providing any operating grants to the school after the 2016-17 school year and the school will have to have significant ongoing development efforts in order to balance its budget every year.”

Many parents hope the experience of fighting to keep their school is something their children can learn from.

“Work for what you believe in, stand up for it, be passionate that’s not a bad thing,” said Liz Barnett.

Cobb said an anonymous donor is matching every $1,500 raised up to $300,000.

The Keep St. James website said on Wednesday that $192,731 has been pledged.

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