Dear Faculty, Staff, Parents & Friends of Gateway Academy,
It gives us great sadness to announce that Gateway Academy will close at the end of the current school year.
This decision was not easily reached. It comes after exhaustive efforts to secure sufficient financial resources to continue. Unfortunately, a combination of the current economic environment and the diminished financial capacity of the Legion of Christ proved to be more than we could overcome.
Specifically, the Legion has determined that it cannot provide the building to Gateway Academy rent-free as had been expected. Therefore, the decision to close is final.
We are deeply grateful to the time and hard work so many people have devoted in an effort to preserve Gateway Academy, and we are thankful for the many prayers offered by our supporters and friends.
At this moment it is impossible not to feel a deep sense of loss, but the closing of Gateway does not negate the amazing achievements of the academy during nearly two decades of strong academic training and truly Catholic spiritual formation. Gateway Academy has been a positive force in the lives of hundreds of families and thousands of students, and in each of us associated with the school, a bit of Gateway will live on in our hearts and minds.
We know that this announcement triggers many practical questions, so we want to assure you that the school administration will be working to ensure a smooth transition to other schools for all our families. We will also assist as much as we can with placement efforts for faculty and staff.
Please keep everyone associated with Gateway Academy in your prayers, and know that all of you are in ours.
Yours in Christ,
Gateway Academy Board of Directors
ADDENDUM: A well-connected reader explains the background:
The modus operandi for the Legion was to take all the donations from parents and donors to buy properties, including schools and seminaries like Thornwood, then to refinance them to the hilt, taking out cash and transferring the cash to Grupo Integer in Mexico. After 45 years in America not a single property has been paid off! Not one! Not even Cheshire! All properties have huge mortgages, which accelerated over the past few years when the top dogs must have known that the jig would soon be up, so they took the money and ran.
[Readers will note a lot of pious thoughts on the GI site, dedication to "team" and "integrity" but no real definition of actual projects beyond the self-serving apostolates that raise money for ... Grupo Integer. "Trust us...!"]