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Redemptorist High, Jr. High decision not overturned

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, January 24 2015 Jan 24, 2015 January 24, 2015 11:34 AM January 24, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Caroline McDougall

BATON ROUGE - The decision to close Redemptorist High School and Junior High will not be overturned.

After multiple meetings scheduled by the Diocese of Baton Rouge school board to review the final plan, Bishop Robert Muench says the efforts are appreciated but the plan did not assure them that it would be able to keep the doors open at Redemptorist for years to come.

"After carefully considering the plan, all three entities unanimously recommended that the decision to close RHS should not be rescinded. In the collective judgment of these three groups, the plan did not assure the long-term viability of the schools in demonstrable, measurable and compelling ways."

The announcement comes after the diocese reviewed a plan sent on December 26 by parents and alumni to keep the school open.

The Bishop announced plans to close the school in a press conference on December 19. He cited plummeting enrollment as the primary reason for the decision, and said the schools would close at the end of the current academic year.

In December, Bishop Muench also met with parents and students in an expression of grief and to discuss how they can apply to other Catholic schools and to listen to grievances on the decision.

"Redemptorist Junior & Senior High Schools will forever hold a sacred place in the hearts not only of those who have been directly connected with it, but all who have benefitted from its proud sixty-five year history of positive impact.

The diocese says Redemptorist Elementary will remain open because it still has enough students to cover operational expenses.


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