For nearly a century, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School has educated Lafayette’s youth, and following a significant drop in attendance, school officials are holding a town hall meeting to discuss restructuring the program.
Founded in 1934, Immaculate Heart of Mary School was at capacity for the majority of its early years.
But recently, officials have seen a decrease in enrollment.
With a capacity of 200, Immaculate Heart of Mary School currently teaches about 135 students.
Last school year, administrators were forced to stop offering grades 6 through 8 because of a lack of students.
With new leaders in place at the school, first-year principal, Earline Price says the town hall meeting is to gain supporters for the program.
“And make the community aware of some of the issues that we’re having concerning our curriculum,” said Price told KLFY’s Dalfred Jones.
Price explained the administration is looking to provide upgrades to the schools curriculum and technology, and they want the public’s input on what they want for the students.
“We’re wanting to be able to find what we need to attract students to Immaculate Heart, and once they come for them to complete the entire term here,” she said.
Father Sebastian Myladiyil arrived at IHM in August of 2015.
Since he’s been in town, he has addressed issues of finances in the school and church, and a need to involve the entire community in the rehabilitation of Immaculate Heart.
“As well as the alumni are invited to give their input to see how best we can solicit support and take the school where we would like it to be,” Father Sebastian said.
The town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gym.
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