My colleague Val Russ didn't have enough space in today's Daily News to delve into all the particulars of the feasibility study currently under way to investiate the possible conversion of North Catholic High School to a Cristo Rey school.
So I'll share details here.
Val spoke at length with John "Jason" Marquess, a Haddonfield, NJ attorney and one of the four North Catholic High alums who began researching the Cristo Rey Network almost as soon as the Philadephia Archdiocese announced, last October, the planned closings of both North and Cardinal Doughterty High School.
Marquess stressed that community support for the Cristo Rey model is crucial because each Cristo Rey student will be required to spend one day per week at a work study job, whose pay will go into a fund to support the tuition costs for students.
He said that Cristo Rey officials had required his group to guarantee, by Feb. 28, that at least 25 employers will hire the North Catholic/ Cristo Rey students.
"We've already got 25 jobs lined up," Marquess told Val. "We're going to need 92 to 100 jobs lined up by the start of the school year, and we plan to do that."
He also noted that there is no requirement for a North Catholic/Cristo Rey school to be run by the Society of Jesus
(Jesuit) order of Catholic priests (even though the network was founded by Jesuits and some of its schools are Jesuit-run).