Must read on why St. Bernard dropped its football program

Resignation by head coach and transfers seens as blows too big to overcome

“The school incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid tuition in the past few years because the school did not administer a financial needs test to determine whether a family qualified for aid. The archdiocese required the school this year to mandate that all families seeking financial aid must first submit to a standard needs test. Financial need will be given to those who demonstrate need,” explained archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg, a former teacher and coach at St. Bernard.

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  • Don

    A small private like St. Bernard just doesn’t have the financial base to fund all of the kids they were offering assistance to. It’s sad but at $6 or $7 thousand a year plus uni’s + books + the cost of athletic gear + just getting to school and home safely each day, the cost of a private education is just too much for folks living east of the 405. Bishop Montgomery has about 1000 kids enrolled and there are other schools that make it with Alumni donations but I am surprised at how long some of these little schools have hung on.

  • Jastrab

    With St. Paul’s co-ed numbers they are following the same blue-print as St. Bernard. You cannot fund that many Football kids with 400 kids in the entire school!

  • Who’s next?

    Wait until the bean counters at St Paul start to figure out how much money they are losing with Asante’s salary and all the feebees they’re giving out to all of his new recruits.

  • We Got Next!

    St. Paul, same exact blue print, less than 600 students and over 60% are on financial aid. Sooner or later, the Archdiocese will have to be tire of footing the bill.

  • huskie

    Fred
    Demographics in Los Angeles has changed so much that the quality amount of people that are not coming to private schools is not there to support the lower income kids that want to come to private schools?State of California 15 billion and counting in the red,its a trickle down affect.

  • dominos falling

    “”The school incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid tuition in the past few years because the school did not administer a financial needs test to determine whether a family qualified for aid,” Tamberg said. “The archdiocese required the school this year to mandate that all families seeking financial aid must first submit to a standard needs test. Financial need will be given to those who demonstrate need.”

    I think if poor little Johnny was good at football he would get financial aid no questions asked…..the system finally imploded.

  • Black Bird

    St Bernard has money problem? Can’t be, the school is in Playa Del Ray not East LA ot Compton!

  • Location. Location. Location

    Location has nothing to do with it. Amat is in La Puente, Mater Dei is in Santa Ana and Loyola is in a bad spot of LA – so a good zip code doesn’t guarantee anything either

  • Dave

    Amat is not in La Puente, it is in an unincorporated county area.

  • B A adrress

    @ Dave:

    Amat is in LaPuente (as stated on school website):

    Bishop Amat Memorial High School, 14301 Fairgrove Ave. La Puente, CA 91746 | Phone: 626-962-2495 | Fax: 626-960-0994 | Privacy Policy

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  • Underwater Spartan

    Sounds like Damien High School. They lost a few players from last years team by making financial promises they couldn’t keep. A few of the kids are still in the whole with no promise of how they will fund the tuition.

    Private schools should have to publish a monthly financial report (school budget)reflecting their spending.

  • no-step

    Underwater Spartan

    Are you serious? Private schools should publish a monthly financial report?
    It’s a PRIVATE school! How about you publishing a monthly financial report on your private finances.

  • Underwater Spartan

    @No-Step-Whether its public or private, all schools adhere to California state guidelines (including school budget). This includes Catholic schools under the Archdiocese. No accredited school is above an audit or scrutiny. With this type of quick judgement, Damien or any other Catholic school parents should demand to see an accounting of their money and how their tuition (for those that pay) is appropriated (teacher salaries, operating cost of facilities, etc).