The fate of the Venango Catholic High School is once again in the hands of Bishop Lawrence Persico.

Tonight, during a 90 minute private meeting at the Saint Mark Catholic Center, members of the "Save Venango Catholic High School" met with Bishop Persico to outline their strategic plan to keep the school open.

“Our hope is that they keep it open,” said Amanda Slider of the Save VCHS.  “There's not another Catholic school open within a 50 mile radius."

Last month, Bishop Persico suspended his decision to close the school and gave the group 30 days to develop a long-term plan.

The Bishop said the school needs an operating budget of $300,000.  According to Slider, in one month, the group raised a total of $255,000 in pledges for the first year and received more than $775,000 in pledges over the next five years.

"We raised these funds through non-traditional channels,” said Slider.  “A lot of it has been through our social media campaign.  So the outpouring of support is really phenomenal."

The Bishop is also requesting an enrollment of 100 students.  According to slider, Venango Catholic High School currently has 54.

Bishop Persico is expected to make a decision by May 1.