BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – St. Aloysius School in Bullitt County has been teaching students for decades, but next month, the school will close for good. It's a move that's not sitting well with students and parents who got hit with the news over the weekend.
"I was so irritated when I read it," said parent Hope Geary. "Apparently it just happened Friday, and we got the letter in the mail on Saturday."
According to the letter, St. Aloysius' financial situation has been declining for years as has enrollment. Meanwhile, the school's costly repairs continue to increase.
"Boiler system, and that was just put in this past winter, and it ran the whole winter," said parent Andy Harbolt. "And if it boils down to a new roof, we can find the money to put a new roof on."
Many parents believe closing the school is not the answer.
"Yeah, you can tell it needs work. All they would have to do is ask, and people would do it," said Geary.
I know there's contractors in this parish that would do it."
"It's the children that are suffering more than anyone," said St. Aloysius grandparent Sharon Kosterman. "They're crying, they're devastated, they're traumatized.
The school has brought in counselors to help the students adjust. St. Aloysius is reaching out to other Catholic schools in Bullitt County to hold open houses for the students and their parents.