Redemptorist alums speak out against school auction
CENTRAL - The Diocese of Baton Rouge has a plan to raise money as Redemptorist junior and senior year high schools prepare to close their doors, but some alumni are not buying into the plan.
Students will walk the halls of Redemptorist for the last time in about a month, however some former students are angry with the diocese's plan to sell off school items.
The diocese is getting ready to auction off memorabilia from the school including trophies, yearbooks and other items, but some alumni who spearheaded failed efforts to save Redemptorist multiple times are voicing their opposition to the auction.
"Now, you're going to have alumni against alumni bidding for things a team earn together," said Greg Callihan, Redemptorist alumni. "So, is it right for one person to have it? A better choice would be to have a location they can all view it and tell their kid's grandkids whoever it may be, but it's nothing more than a money grab."
Alumni like Callihan said they believe the auction will pit alumnus against alumnus in a battle to purchase certain items that embody the history of the school.
They also feel that the students who earned those trophies shouldn't have to pay for them. However, the diocese has made it clear that it plans to use the money to help pay for scholarships for students who can't afford a Catholic education.
Despite those who oppose the fund raising measure, the diocese say they hope to have the auction up in the next couple of weeks.