St. John in jeopardy of closing high school
By 06/28/2007 00:00:00
ENNIS - The 2007-08 school year may be the last for St. John High School.
Without a lot of help from the church, school parents and the community, the private school will close its doors next year and no longer provide high school classes.
The Parish Council, Finance Committee and School Board Advisory Council met Tuesday, June 19, and announced the formation of a secondary committee whose sole purpose will be to evaluate whether to continue the high school at St. John.
St. John Principal Chris Rebuck and Parish Business Manager Julie Houston were given until Dec. 31 to give St. John priest Father Vela a decision about whether the high school will continue to operate after next year.
The number of members on the new committee was closely approved by a 13-8 majority vote and will be made up of one member from the three standing councils.
Maggie Holy of the finance committee was reported as saying, 'This means there is going to have to be a lot of hard work and effort.'
The St. John cafeteria was filled with concerned parents and teachers along with several council members, all not knowing whether the school would continue to offer high school level courses.
The new committee was assigned the task of creating a business plan for the school, ways to pay off the school's debt and finding ways to increase enrollment.
'Nothing will get accomplished if we keep bickering and not come together,' said School board Advisory Council President Laddy Fejcek.
'I think we can make it happen if we become one.'
The crowd was not always in agreement to the committee numbers and who should be on said committee, but Father Vela said, 'You need to make the decision. It is all in your hands now.'
Frank Bartolic of the Parish Council said this was not a new problem, there had been rumors for years about the closing of the school and nothing would be solved if they kept putting band-aids on the problems.