Philly school spox: few options for Girard

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A spokesman for Girard College, which is making big cuts to its boarding and high school programs, says the long-time school’s Board of Directors had few options when deciding on a controversial restructuring plan.

Kevin A. Feeley, a graduate of the noted school for underprivileged students and its spokesman, said Tuesday the decision this week to do away with its boarding and high school programs was not “popular” but had to be made.

Girard College opened in 1848 as a boarding school for fatherless white boys, funded by the estate of banker Stephen Girard. It now accepts minority and female students.

The school has faced significant financial troubles since its trust was depleted in the 2008 economic collapse.

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