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Historic BR catholic school on the brink of closure

4 years ago February 09, 2011 Feb 9, 2011 Wednesday, February 09 2011 Wednesday, February 09, 2011 9:54:24 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE- Parents of one of Baton Rouge's oldest Catholic schools say they were shocked to learn Wednesday night that St. Francis Xavier is in danger of closing.  

The school has been open for 90 years, and it's the only all-black catholic school in the city.

School leaders told parents at a meeting that a drop in population, enrollment and finances are the reasons why the campus is on the Baton Rouge Diocese list of schools to consider closing.  The school priest, Fr. Michael Thompson told News 2 he would be asking parents for suggestions to save the school.  Some offered were raising tuition and offering fewer grades at the school.

Parents tell us they're saddened by the possibility, but angry that they're only now finding out that the situation is so grave.

Parent Bradley Augustine said, "They're trying not to close the school and see what we can to keep it going on for the next 10 years."

"They kind of bounced around some ideas but nothing really has been finalized and nothing is really set in stone," said parent Crystal Davis.

Parent Gwendolyn Wells Jackson said, "I asked them, I said so what did you bring us here for? Cushion us and it's just a way of telling us to start looking to take our kids to another school, pull them out?"

There's no word on when money will run out, but parents expect there will be another meeting soon to go over whether any suggestions will work.

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