(NYTIMES) — Just six months ago, Denise Catapano said, things were looking up at Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, a 52-year-old institution known around Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, for the oversize red pagoda on its rooftop.
Despite enrollment dips, calls from the Internal Revenue Service and constant rumors of a closing, the school, it seemed, was turning a corner. It had a new principal, a new admissions director and an almost entirely new board.
By Christmas, the school was celebrating with a craft fair and a Rockefeller Center-style tree-lighting ceremony. Forty pines bedecked with shimmering white lights flanked the entryway.
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“We had a feeling that we were going to survive this,” Ms. Catapano, a development officer at the school, said.