Driscoll Not Saved by the Bell: Nearly $1 million was raised to save Catholic high school

Despite fundraising efforts that raised nearly $1 million in a little more than three weeks, a religious order has decided to close Driscoll Catholic High School for good at the end of the school year. The De La Salle Christian Brothers of the Midwest, who operate the Addison high school in conjunction with the Joliet diocese, announced its decision Tuesday to shut down the 43-year-old coed school in a letter e-mailed to families and students. Citing insufficient funding and declining enrollment, the Christian Brothers had made an initial ruling April 2 to close the school at the end of the spring semester. A group of volunteers raised $950,000 and last week presented a plan to the religious order aimed at keeping the school operating, said David Schwabe, a member of the group.