Parents hear details about possible CBA-La Salle merger

The reactions were mixed from a crowd of more than a hundred parents who filled the gymnasium of the Christian Brothers Academy Wednesday night, Aug. 5, to hear leaders of CBA and La Salle Institute's board of directors present an audit that examined what it would be like to merge the two schools.

The audit covered the physical size of the school, the population of young men who might attend the schools based on location, and also what was referred to as intangibles, which covered things some students would lose in the event of a merger, including their alma mater, favorite teacher or favorite coach.

Chairman of the CBA Board of Trustees J. Timothy O'Hearn told parents that whatever the schools decide, at this time, should the schools merge, they are not considering breaking away from their two strongest standards, which are keeping the school male-only and military-themed.

O'Hearn said that at the last meeting with parents, which was held at La Salle in Troy, one parent asked if the school would consider becoming co-ed if the two merged. O'Hearn said the boards have "not drilled down on that," yet.

The auditors also explained to parents that while conducting their research, they considered three options: merging the schools at the La Salle location and closing and selling CBA; merging the schools to CBA location and closing and selling La Salle; or closing and selling both schools and constructing a new school that would encompass both La Salle and CBA students. The third option, auditors said, would cost about $25 million and is simply not financially feasible for either institution.

Auditors broke down statistics for each location in a more than 20-minute long presentation. While the population of boys living near the school was relatively the same for both schools (there were a few thousand more boys living near CBA), the auditors said that La Salle has a little bit more space for the students.

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