LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of Catholic elementary school children will find themselves in a new school next year. The Archdiocese of Louisville has announced it will close Holy Family School. The K-8 school is located on Poplar Level Road near the zoo.
The Archdiocese said the decision is all due to declining attendance and shifting populations and children will be offered an education at Holy Family's cluster parish, St. Stephen Martyr. Still, for some parents, there's no place like their home school.
"I think that's when it's going to hit me, sitting there and not seeing the kids playing," said Melissa Miller, the mother of two.
Miller doesn't have to go far to drop her daughters off at their soon to be closed school.
"It's very emotional," Miller said of Holy Family's closing. "I work right next door. I can see them from my desk playing out in the yard and I'm going to miss that the most I think."
But over the past few years, the Archdiocese said there have simply been too few children out there playing.
"At least two grade levels this year have below ten students in them," said Leisa Schulz, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Total school enrollment at Holy Family: 129 children. It's so few the diocese said Holy Family will be operating at a $200,000 loss by the end of the school year. Schulz said the school just has to close.
"There's a lot of pain associated with that," said Schulz. "Holy Family has a long tradition of providing excellent Catholic education."
"I don't think you'll find a school that teaches more Christian values than this school does," said Carol Gardner, a Holy Family parish member who has sent her kids to school there.
"I'm feeling betrayed," said Gardner. "I'm feeling betrayed by the Archdiocese."
Gardner said the Archdiocese allowed the parish to build a new church that it couldn't afford, then didn't step in when Holy Family started to struggle.
"The larger issue is the fact that I think the Archdiocese is abandoning its mission of educating all of our children, not just those in the affluent parishes," said Gardner. "As history has shown, they've closed school after school after school from here west."
The Archdiocese says it is chasing the population.
"As people are moving, we're building parishes and schools to accommodate the demand in those areas," Schulz said.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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