The 82-year-old Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Lafayette will not reopen in the fall because of low enrollment, low test scores and a lack of financial resources, the Diocese of Lafayette announced Wednesday.
“The school does not have adequate resources to sustain its operations despite being subsidized by the Diocese and the Parish. Though the decision is very painful, available facts and numbers call everyone to be prudent and focus on the best interests of our children,” the release stated.
School and diocesan leaders had been working since January to increase enrollment at the school, which needs about 150-160 students to operate but only had 60 students registered for the 2016-17 school year, according to the release.
They also needed to close a $200,000 deficit.
The school in 2012 began accepting state scholarship and voucher funds, but it was one of eight prohibited from receiving vouchers for the 2015-16 school year because less than 25 percent of its students earned proficient scores on state assessments, according to the state Department of Education.
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With less than 10 percent of its students earning proficient test scores, Immaculate Heart of Mary scored the lowest of all 67 voucher schools measured in 2013-14.
Tuition at the school cost $3,100 for one child, with tiered discounts for up to three children.
The Diocese said it will help teachers and staff get jobs in other Catholic institutions and pastors and principals in other parochial schools “have agreed to give special consideration” in accepting Immaculate Heart of Mary students this fall.