CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Public Schools could buy Mother of Mercy High School, the iconic West Side institution scheduled to close at the end of the school year, according to the religious order that operates the school.
The Sisters of Mercy notified students, parents and alumnae in a letter this week that CPS approached them about buying the school property and they are in the "early stages" of negotiations.
Mother of Mercy has been operating since 1915 at the corner of Werk and Boudinot avenues.
The Sisters of Mercy announced a year ago that they were closing the school and merging Mercy with McAuley High School next fall due to declining enrollment at both schools. The new school, called Mercy McAuley, will operate at McAuley’s current campus on Oakwood Avenue in College Hill.
WCPO reported that both schools were bleeding money. The Sisters of Mercy acknowledged that a 40 percent decline in enrollment at McAuley since 2008 and a 13 percent decline at Mother of Mercy had required an infusion of $9.3 million from the order.