The Cristo Rey Network Continues Growth to Serve its Schools

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The Cristo Rey Network®, a national association of urban, college preparatory high schools, today announced a number of new hires and promotions.

Kristy Blackmore has been promoted to Managing Director. In this new role, Ms. Blackmore is responsible for studying and promoting best practices in the Cristo Rey Work Study Programs across the country. In addition, Ms. Blackmore will be implementing a new National Accounts program to better leverage the Cristo Rey Network base of over 1,000 job sponsors. Ms. Blackmore has been with the Cristo Rey Network since its inception in 2002. Previously, she had been a Program Coordinator in Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's Work Study Program. Ms. Blackmore is a graduate of Marquette University.

The Cristo Rey Network announced today that Robert Mooney has joined the organization as a Senior Consultant. Prior to joining the Cristo Rey Network, Mr. Mooney was the Chairman of the Board of St. Martin De Porres High School, a Cristo Rey high school in Cleveland. Mr. Mooney brings over 25 years of Catholic high school Board level experience to the Cristo Rey Network. In addition to his service to Catholic high schools, Mr. Mooney is private equity investor. Mr. Mooney received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

The Cristo Rey Network also announced today that Ms. Anna Hall has joined the organization as a Development Officer. Ms Hall brings her experience in development, event planning and media production to Network's efforts to continue to raise funds to start and support Cristo Rey high schools. Ms. Hall is a graduate of Vanderbilt University's Peabody College and Loyola University New Orleans.

"The Cristo Rey Network has enjoyed tremendous growth because of our commitment to our schools and their success," said Rob Birdsell, President of the Cristo Rey Network. "The depth, breadth, and scope of our team is second to none and enables us to consistently deliver research and consulting services that meet and exceed our schools expectations. The Cristo Rey Network will look to Kristy, Bob and Anna to leverage this capability and build on our forward momentum."

For more information on the Cristo Rey Network please visit us at http://www.cristoreynetwork.org or call Anna Hall at 773-890-6895.

About the Cristo Rey Network®
The Cristo Rey Network® is a national association of high schools that provide quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. Most of our students qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. Member schools utilize a longer school day and year, academic assistance, and counseling to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a work study program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education.

During the 2007-08 school year, 4,234 students are enrolled in 19 Cristo Rey schools, which are located in Baltimore, Birmingham, Cambridge (MA), Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City (MO), Lawrence (MA), Los Angeles , Minneapolis, Newark (NJ), New York City, Omaha, Portland (OR), Sacramento, Tucson, Washington, DC and Waukegan (IL). Ninety-two percent of the students are racial minorities, and the average family income of this year's 9th grade class is $33,766. Ninety-eight percent of last year's graduates enrolled in college in the fall of 2007. Three more schools are scheduled to open in 2008, and feasibility studies for potential new schools are underway in four more cities.

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