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Grassroots effort hopes to save Redemptorist

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BATON ROUGE - Parents and business owners connected to Redemptorist High School met Friday to begin work on a plan that would keep the Catholic school open.

The group organized on social media and said they would put a plan together to show the diocese by Jan. 8. The plan would include a way to bring the school out of debt and keep it financially solvent going forward.

"What do we need to do to move forward, that obviously includes financial assistance from alum, the diocese, whomever, but also the bottom line is students," said Julian Bourgeois, who helped organize the Save Redemptorist effort.

The diocese announced in December that Redemptorist High and Junior High would close at the end of the current school year. School officials said falling enrollment and word from the state that they wouldn't receive any voucher students next year forced them to close the ailing campus.

The group hopes to keep the diocese as part of the school's leadership, but is ready to take any option to keep Redemptorist alive.

"Redemptorist High School and our group, wants to work with the diocese," said Bourgeois. "Do we feel like we could've worked closer in the past? I agree with that."

The school once boasted an enrollment of 1,000 in 1980, but the diocese said projected enrollment with no voucher students next year was only 150 students. Redemptorist Elementary would stay open.

Parents at Friday's meeting said they were optimistic about producing a viable plan that would keep the school open.

The group is planning a prayer rally to reinvorgate students and alumni on January 8th at St. Gerard Church at 6 pm.

 

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