LC Councilman asks Catholic officials to reconsider closing Sacred Heart

LC Councilman urges Diocese to reconsider closing Sacred Heart

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's a beautiful new school and many members of the community hate to see the closure of Sacred Heart Catholic School.  And now, a Lake Charles city council member is asking that  Catholic school and church officials reconsider.

It was announced earlier this month they were closing the school because of low attendance and financial costs. City Councilman Marshall Simien said they may want to rethink or delay the decision based on what is happening with Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform.

If students at failing schools are given vouchers to attend other schools, Simien said that could solve their problem.

"Depending on what happens I would imagine some kids wouldn't want to move too far from home or go all the way across town with a voucher if there is a school right in their neighborhood. They may wind up having to close anyway but I would like to wait and see what happens so they can see if they can address what the community needs are," said Simien.

And a part of Jindal's education reform that would help students attend private schools passed Tuesday in the State House. The bill would allow dollar for dollar state tax rebates for people who donate money to non-profits that give scholarships to help students attend private schools.

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