Court refuses injunction in sale of Catholic high school in Sacramento

Aug. 12, 2010
Diocese had sued nuns in an effort to claim part of the proceeds from the sale

From The Sacramento Bee: A California appeals court has refused to issue an injunction sought by the Sacramento Catholic Diocese that could have frozen the proceeds from the sale of Loretto High School. The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters), has sold the 9.28-acre campus for $7.75 million to a private firm that operates charter schools, but the diocese and several donors to the high school have argued that they were entitled to a share of the sale proceeds.

MAY 2009...from The Sacramento Bee: A public charter school has announced plans to open a K-8 schol on the campus of Loretto High School in Sacramento. The school anticipates 450 students to enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Officials at Loretto, a private girls Catholic school, decided in January to close the 9.28-acre campus at the end of the school year because of declining enrollment. Aspire Public Schools would not disclose the purchase price because they still are in escrow. The property has been listed for $10.3 million. Aspire already operates a K-8 school in Sacramento – Capitol Heights Academy.

From APRIL 2009 in The Sacramento Bee: The campus of Loretto High School in Sacramento, which is closing at the end of the school year, could become home to another Catholic high school. Cristo Rey High School, now situated in a former grade school in south Sacramento, has initiated a feasibility study into buying the Loretto site. Cristo Rey is part of a growing, national network of Catholic schools that offers low-income students a college preparatory education. The Sacramento campus opened three years ago and has 210 students.

MARCH 2009...from The Sacramento Bee: Officials with Loretto High School in Sacramento say that efforts to keep the school open had failed and that the campus would definitely close at the end of the school year in June. Last month, administrators at the all-girls Catholic high school said declining enrollment would force them to shut down. Student numbers had dropped from 559 to 389 in three years. Since the announcement, a coalition of parents, students and alumna have been trying to save the school.

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