Tight-lipped Redemptorist supporters promise they can save school
BATON ROUGE - People who are vowing to save Redemptorist Junior and High School discussed a proposal with the Diocese of Baton Rouge Friday that would put them in control of operations.
Supporters of Redemptorist, made up of alumni and parents of current students and others, met with the church. They submitted a plan to the school board for the diocese.
In December, the church announced it was shuttering the senior level schools.
While the group refused to release specifics, organizers said their plan is to run the school independent of the diocese and would be responsible for the budget, faculty decisions, capital improvements and fundraising. They'd also handle curriculum decisions and marketing strategies to get more students enrolled.
Parents believe with a large support system, the school can survive.
"I really have hope that the school is here to stay, said Sharon Douglas. "My daughter was devastated and she's a junior, but I told her just to remain faithful and with faith and perseverance there's hope and we will be here to graduate her senior year."
The diocese board will review the plan and a make recommendation to Bishop Muench for a final decision. Supporters asked for the bishop to decide something by the end of the month before the start of a new registration period.