Statement from Fr. Asare-Dankwah
January 7, 2019
After much prayerful thoughts and serious consultation with the St. Peter Claver Parish Council, Finance Council, and Advisory Council, we issue the following statement.
- At the present time, the school is not financially solvent. Additionally, the State of Louisiana has determined that our school cannot accept new students from the State’s Scholarship Program for the coming school year which will significantly affect our Enrollment and Finances.
- St. Peter Claver School’s enrollment has continued to drop below the 200 student minimum level. As you know, the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans determined 200 as the necessary enrollment to maintain the financial and academic viability of the school.
- Faced with the facts of the above-mentioned issues, the school will cease its operation at the end of the 2018-2019 Academic School Year. Notwithstanding, we are committed to ensure a successful completion of the school year.
- St. Peter Claver School has had a long-lasting history in the community for holistic Christian Education.
- We will convene a Planning Committee to develop a strategic plan for the future use of our school facilities to preserve its legacy in the Treme community. The plan will address both the economic vitality and the culture of our community.
- We have decided to inform our faculty, staff, parents and parishioner before the Office of Catholic Schools makes the public announcement of our school’s closure.
It is our fervent hope that we as a parish, trusting in our God, will find other ways to continue the vision started 98 years ago by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. We are grateful to God for the role we have played in Catholic Education and faith formation in the lives of many students.
Wishing you God’s blessings as you continue to shepherd the holy people of God untrusted into your care. Peace and love.
Rev. J. Asare-Dankwah