A high school in Red Bluff faces threat of shutting down

Faculty, parents, and students at Mercy High School are worried that the school will have to close down because of not enough funds.

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 8:59 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2020 8:41 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - Faculty, parents, and students at Mercy High School, a private Catholic school in Red Bluff are worried that the school will have to close down because of not enough funds.

Storm Fuchs, mother of two boys who go to Mercy High says the possibility of the school closing concerns her.

School administrators say they need to raise $200,000 in order to keep kids in class for another year.

"Sort of the last conversation over the past month or two has been how are we going to come together and work on the same page to come up with long term solutions," says Scott Matthews, principal of Mercy High School.

Mercy High School is the only Catholic high school in the North State. The school receives some funding from the Catholic Diocese in Sacramento. However, with a few student enrollments, the school is facing a challenge to raise money to keep its doors open.

Matthews says the Diocese has been extremely generous with the school for the last two years, providing some funding.

"The financial challenges that we’ve run into they’ve helped out with last year, but they’re looking to see how we can make changes so that we can support ourselves as well," says Matthews.

Currently, there are 82 students enrolled at Mercy High, not enough to keep the school running. The school says it's looking to alternatives if they're unable to get the funds they need. One option would be to merge Mercy High with other local schools.

"One option is to switch over to a K through 12 schools over at Sacred Heart, which is the Catholic grammar school in town," says Matthews. 

Both parents and faculty tell Action News Now they're optimistic that they won't have to resort to those options.

"We need support, we need support to continue the legacy of Mercy High School, so we need the community support.," says Fuchs, a parent of two kids who attend Mercy High. 

The school will be meeting with the Diocese in March to work to reach an agreement. 

Parents and alumni have formed a group called "Friends of Mercy" to try and raise the $200,000. The school is currently accepting any donations from people who'd like to help. 

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