After 119 years on St. Paul's North E...

After 119 years on St. Paul's North End, St. Bernard's High Sch...

There are 378 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 18, 2010, titled After 119 years on St. Paul's North End, St. Bernard's High Sch.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

St. Bernard's High School will close at the end of the school year - ending more than a century of education at a North End landmark.

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Sandy

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 19, 2010
Seems the Archbishop is more concerned about money than about the community it is supposed to serve.
Sorry for St Bernard's after all these years. A loss for the North End.
Bridge Repair Money

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 19, 2010
the community hated st bernards. what the heck are you talking about? That is why it is closing...
FAULT-The Archbishops

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Feb 19, 2010
The last 4 Archbishops that covered-up and enabled clergy sexual abuse are the root cause of the enrollment decreases. PERIOD
meinstpaul

Hopkins, MN

#7 Feb 19, 2010
Poor management, and someone had their hands in the cookie jar.
Catholic mom

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 19, 2010
It's really too bad about St Bernards closing, many from my family went there, from my grandmother to my son. Where else can you have a graduating class of 30 kids nowdays? You certainly receive a better education when you have small classes with 15-20 kids, than when you have 30-35 kids, that is a fact. Also, statisically, 75-80% of the kids graduating from St B go on to college, my son did and has a good career now. Not too many schools can make this claim. It's a shame this school can't be saved.
Fault-Dirty-Peop le

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Feb 19, 2010
That school graduated vicious scum bags who grew up to be leeches on society. Unproductive, unmotivated and amoral. When you hear "I graduated from St. Bernards" RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!
Curious

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Feb 19, 2010
If you have nothing nice to say about St. Bernards HS - then keep your trap shut. Both of my daughters graduated from St. Bernards HS and went on to college and have good jobs today.
cmon

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Feb 19, 2010
St. Bernard's High School has been around for 53 years, not 119. It should've closed a long time ago. Sorry for the students & families, but it was inevitable and a financial drain. When 80% of the student body receives financial aid, it no longer is feasible to operate. I wonder what the median income is of it's typical graduate, as well. I would imagine it's fundraising capabilities from alumni/ae is miniscule compared with what CDH, St. Thomas, Vis and like are able to rustle up.
Graduate

Savage, MN

#16 Feb 19, 2010
I think it is sad that people who post thier comments here cannot stop to think about all the families who have memories at this school. You do not have to agree with everything the Catholic church has done to recognize a loss to the community and those who went to school here.
Bridge Repair Money

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Feb 19, 2010
When you give full scholarships to your family members that are ghetto all around, this is what happens guys and gals.
Knowing

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Feb 19, 2010
Curious wrote:
If you have nothing nice to say about St. Bernards HS - then keep your trap shut. Both of my daughters graduated from St. Bernards HS and went on to college and have good jobs today.
Was that 50 years ago? Lady, your out of the loop. This school crumbled when addicted failing teens were allowed to graduate. We had to pull our kids out to get away from the slime. The "girls" were throwing drug and alcohol sex parties. The staff told my husband "They're good kids". Yeah, right. It's interesting to see the school fail after all that happened years ago.
Carley

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Feb 19, 2010
Graduate wrote:
I think it is sad that people who post thier comments here cannot stop to think about all the families who have memories at this school. You do not have to agree with everything the Catholic church has done to recognize a loss to the community and those who went to school here.
The newest memories are bad. Your lucky you weren't here cause it stinks.
STB Grad

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Feb 19, 2010
I do feel sorry for the school closing. Father Mike and Jennifer Cassidy ran STB school into the ground. All the money in the world couldn't have kept that school running with those two behind it. Sadly, the church will be the next to close, unless a different priest steps in and Jennifer is totally out of the picture. My thoughts and prayers to the students and families of STB.
Sad

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Feb 19, 2010
You people need to grow up! If you say you are a "catholic dad", then show a little respect (and learn to spell). This means teachers losing their jobs, kids losing their friends, and a community losing a great school. Shame on you people. I graduated from St. Bernard's, as well as all my siblings and even my grandmother, and we all are very successful, all went to college, started families, and have great morals. This is a sad time for a lot of us! I will pray for everyone that is affected by this and I am sure that everything will work out. Stay strong! And, St. Bernard's has been open for 100+ years!!
Proud Bulldog Parent

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Feb 19, 2010
Regardless of the way the so called community saw it, the school and teachers are great! If the so called scum that live near St Agnes can rally and save the schhol, then we can do it. I want the school to stay open and want my children to graduate from there. We are proud Bulldogs and most of you posting trash on here, probably couldn't afford to go there and thats why your mad. Grow up and go get a job!
Sad

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Feb 19, 2010
We actually had four children in St. Bernard's at one time and our tuition was far from free! We worked very hard to be able to stay at St. Bernard's. How can you say that you are glad that people are out of work. That is so sad. The Cassidy's are great people and so is father Mike. These people have families to support. I really don't think that they didn't care about school and the community. You need money to run schools and take care of the kids, that is just the way it is.
Sad

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Feb 19, 2010
Proud Bulldog Parent wrote:
Regardless of the way the so called community saw it, the school and teachers are great! If the so called scum that live near St Agnes can rally and save the schhol, then we can do it. I want the school to stay open and want my children to graduate from there. We are proud Bulldogs and most of you posting trash on here, probably couldn't afford to go there and thats why your mad. Grow up and go get a job!
Thanks! I am so sorry for what is happing to you at St. Bernard's. I went there from preschool all the way to my senior year and I will never forget it. I hope your kids will have great memories and it was a great school!!
Tiffany

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Feb 19, 2010
Former Parent wrote:
It is sad to see the school closing however it was forseeable. The last ten years the school's management has been poor. The school employed the Cassidy family. Now what will they do.
Back year's ago before Father Mike and Cassidy's, the parish did care about the students and the neighborhood. Now it is all about money, pull in the students from the suburbs to pay for the few to have free tuition. Certain families were the chosen few not to have to pay the tuition (big families - all children attended free.)
The cost of tuition was too much for the parish children to attend. Again, unless you were the chosen few.
Happy to see the Cassidy family will be on unemployment. It will be hard for them to be all employed by the same employer again.
Didn't Mike let his entire clan of dysfunctional juvenile delinquents attend that school for free? Talk about a free ride. What happened to them? This was unacceptable and thats why we took all of our kids out of there. Those girls were bad influences and tried to get my son in trouble. We went to Cretin after that. It's not a shock that years later, "Father Mike" ruined the financial reputation of this school.
Former Parent

Minneapolis, MN

#27 Feb 19, 2010
Proud Bulldog Parent wrote:
Regardless of the way the so called community saw it, the school and teachers are great! If the so called scum that live near St Agnes can rally and save the schhol, then we can do it. I want the school to stay open and want my children to graduate from there. We are proud Bulldogs and most of you posting trash on here, probably couldn't afford to go there and thats why your mad. Grow up and go get a job!
You must be one of the families that get the free tuition. Now you might have to pay to have your children graduate unless you send your children to the public schools like the rest of us parishoners did.
Mother of four graduated

AOL

#28 Feb 19, 2010
All four of my children graduated from St. Bernards in the past ten years. They all attended college ( some still do) They are fine young people who didn't do drugs. They have good jobs and are good people. We were extremely happy with the education they recieved. By the way, we paid full tution and althought it was a sacrifice, it was worth it.

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