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Proviso Probe

Friday, July 25, 2008

Is the pastor the bad guy in the closing of McNelty School?

McNelty School, 2100 Main St., Melrose Park, will close after summer school. Chicago Tribune (Jo Napolitano) played up the conflict side of the story.
The abrupt closing of a Melrose Park private school last week, allegedly for financial reasons, has left parents fuming, accusing the pastor of its sponsoring church of putting his ambitions ahead of the students.

[The pastor] said it is true that the church is looking to expand and that he is now searching for a larger building. "The congregation has outgrown the facility," he said.

McNelty School is affiliated with First Baptist Church in Melrose Park. Rev. John Belser is the pastor.

Proviso Herald (John Huston) also covered the story.

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  • Carl,
    An unfortunate situation however this problem existed before Belser took over.
    The school was the brain-child of the former pastor. No matter how nobel the effort, it never reached its potential nor did it ever take care of its obligations.
    The former pastor's wife ran the school until she was ousted. A committed woman but she "owned" this school and was heavy handed.
    This closing was inevitable and unfortunate as was the closing of James Memorial school since the public schools (dist. 89)are a disaster under Rivers/Serpico rule and children are NOT being educated.

    Sad that parents do not have these options available to them anymore. Poor kids deserve to learn too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:41 AM, July 26, 2008  

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