Redemptorist alumni, parents keep faith to save school
BATON ROUGE - Parents and alumni of Redemptorist High School and Junior High say they're not giving up when it comes to saving their beloved alma mater.
It comes after the diocese of Baton Rouge reaffirmed their decision to close down the school in a letter this weekend. For many parents, the diocese response to their plan was nothing more than disappointing.
"You know for them to put us out like that.. it just it breaks my heart," said Dana Lacombe, who's son is the third generation to attend Redemptorist High.
Diocese officials say the original proposal was lacking "long term viability" to keep the school running down the road but the Save Redemptorist group says if the diocese sells the school to them they would not have to worry about the longevity of the school. Members of the community say they are still passionate to keep the school open.
"I think its good if they can do it," said Priscilla MacQueen, local church member. "You see it's going to be up to the diocese whether or not they allow that. It's going to depend upon generation after generation wanting to participate in saving the school."
If something can't be done, many people also say an empty school could hurt this community in north Baton Rouge even more.
"I think they should do what ever they can to try to keep it, said MacQueen. "It'll help this section of baton rouge which everyone knows has problems."
The group says they also believe that the diocese could be in discussion with a charter school to take over the property.
Bishop Robert Muench says the diocese scheduled multiple meetings to carefully review the plan that resulted in their decision.