FRAMINGHAM – More than 50 members of the Marian High School community held their second meeting last night at the Framingham Elks Lodge to discuss strategy and fundraising with a goal of keeping Marian High School open for the foreseeable future.
The group developed a charter to formalize its efforts as the Committee for the Prosperity of Marian High School. “Our numbers are growing exponentially. With such broad community support; a committed fundraising team and the hearts of so many students, parents and alumni fully engaged, we believe Marian High School can remain open and succeed,” said Mary Connaughton, chair of the committee.
In the week since the Marian community was informed of plans to close the school, concerned parents have come together to lay out a plan for the school to not only remain open next year but achieve long-term fiscal stability through improved fundraising, marketing and strategic planning.
Dennis Giombetti, Chair of the Framingham City Council and past Marian board member, said “Marian High School is an integral part of our city and I wholeheartedly support the group’s effort to keep it open and develop a plan for the school to prosper.”
Marian is a small, private Catholic high school that has a close-knit community and has been in existence for over 60 years. Over 7,000 active alumni were represented at last night’s meeting by Eddie Rodriquez, an alumni, supporter and former Marian class president.
“Marian Mustangs are a family,” Rodriguez said. “This is not only an opportunity to save Marian, but to strengthen it moving forward. My fiancé and I were Marian class presidents from 2007 and 2008 and have experienced the lasting impact of these values in our lives and careers. It is our moral obligation to ensure that future generations can be immersed in these values.”
Marian parent Andrea Adrian said “everyone involved in this cause is confident that doing whatever it takes to keep Marian open has moved from a possibility to a viable probability with Trustee cooperation.”
All interested parties are invited to attend the Committee’s next meeting on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30, at the Framingham Elks, 450 Union Avenue, Framingham or join their Facebook page.