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Guardian Catholic Schools Faces $60,000 Budget Shortfall

10:49 PM, Feb 23, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville school is facing a $60,000 budget shortfall and if it doesn't fill the gap, it will be forced shut down.

There are about 400 students at St. Pius and Holy Rosary catholic schools, which operate under Guardian Catholic Schools.

"We have had this title as the best-kept hidden secret on the Northside of Jacksonville," said Shariffa Spicer, the schools' executive director.

The main focus of the schools is to reach as many high-risk students as possible.

"In the other parts of this community, you'll have the high rates of crime and you'll have the high rates of child pregnancy and a lot of the other social ills that we speak of that happen on the Northside," said Spicer. "However, we have two schools that are doing amazing things for our students."

Right now, Spicer said, the Guardian Catholic Schools organization is facing a $60,000 budget shortfall.

Spicer explained that even though the schools are private schools, it doesn't generate much money from the students.

Since so many of their students come from low-income families, she said nearly every student gets financial help from the school to pay for tuition.

To help fill the budget gap, Spicer said they will rely on the community. Guardian Catholic Schools is holding a golf and tennis fundraiser on March 28 at Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club.

To sign up for the fundraiser or to learn more about the Schools go to The Guardian Catholic Schools website.

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