Quigley Catholic High School To Permanently Close

Only 93 students were enrolled for the 2020-21 school year

Andrew Limberg
May 29, 2020 - 2:34 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese has announced the closure of Quigley Catholic High School.

Bishop David Zubik accepted the recommendation by the Catholic High Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc.

Quigley Catholic is located in Baden and is the only Roman Catholic high school in Beaver County.

The decision is based on declining enrollment, unsustainable cost projections and “insufficient funds to assure the long viability of the school.

Only 93 students were enrolled for the 2020-21 school year

“I acknowledge the great sadness that comes with this announcement for Quigley students and their families, administrators, teachers, staff, and alumni, all who are affected by this very difficult decision. It is heartbreaking for me, as well,” Bishop Zubik said.

Assistance is being provided to students who want to enroll in another Catholic School and “every effort will be made to help the staff and faculty to find a position at another school.

In a letter to Quigley families, Tim Waxenfelter, acting co-principal, longtime faculty member and coach, said, “the Holy Spirit was never more present at Quigley Catholic than this school year.” He shared that although the Quigley Catholic community was trying to come to grips with previous financial shortfalls and a drop in enrollment, the school developed a new website, made a plea for alumni scholarship support. “Despite all our efforts, we were not able to reduce costs enough, or increase contributions enough to bring the budget into balance,” he said.

Waxenfelter also acknowledged, with pride, “the enthusiastic, spirited, faith-filled student body,” and recognized Quigley Catholic parents who “were enthusiastic and generous partners in the journey…whose smiling faces and encouragement nourished the Quigley Catholic community in a very special way.”

“For 53 years Quigley Catholic High School has provided exceptional education for its students in a family atmosphere steeped in Gospel values and the mission of the Catholic Church. Quigley drew its rich educational heritage in Beaver County from its predecessor schools, Mount Gallitzin High School and Saint Veronica High School, my own beloved alma mater,” Bishop Zubik said in a letter to the

Quigley community. “While every difficult decision that I am faced with making weighs very heavily upon me as Bishop, this decision was, without exaggeration, agonizing. As some of you are aware, in my early priesthood I had the great privilege of serving as a faculty member and as vice principal at Quigley Catholic.

“I do know firsthand the spiritual richness and academic excellence that have defined Quigley over many decades. I pray that, with God’s grace, the Quigley spirit and legacy will remain alive for a long, long time.”

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