Open Letter from Trinity Parents to the Diocese of Lafayette

Parents of Trinity Catholic have not been provided any kind of financial statements or documentation in the last two years showing that Trinity Catholic was in financial crisis. As parents contributing to Trinity through tuition, we have the right to that documentation.

Trinity Catholic has lost 150 students under the current administrator. We have requested from the diocese the removal of the administrator based on frivolous spending that led to the financial decline of Trinity Catholic, as well as, the unprofessional way she has treated both staff and parents. We were told by the diocese that every avenue would be looked into for saving Trinity Catholic and we know that has not been the case because the administrator is till walking our school’s campus, parent and community committees have not been able to meet with anyone from the diocese. We have had private investors interested in helping Trinity come forward in the last two weeks. Trinity is two campuses that could easily be combined into one. Trinity is also the owner of $168,000 trust and Trinity was awaiting a BP settlement for $100,000. We have had community leaders come forward and express interest in being principal, and we have had new teachers come forward seeking teaching positions all while the vast majority of current teachers want to return to Trinity.

We simply wanted the diocese to take these things into consideration and consider the possibility of re-opening Trinity Catholic for one remaining year so that we as community could step in and help now that we are aware of the finances. Had the parents and the community been made aware of the true finances of Trinity, the school would never have gotten to this point. In numerous PTO meetings, parents have inquired about what appeared to be frivolous spending and were always assured by the administrator that the finances were in good standing. We simple asked for the opportunity of one more year under new circumstances and we would like to know why we have never been heard.

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