Reports indicate new school will open at site of former Redemptorist High

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There are reports that a new Catholic high school will open its doors at the former site of Redemptorist High in Baton Rouge.

According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge High will partner with businesses to serve low-income students.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge released the following statement on the matter:

"When the Diocese of Baton Rouge, after lengthy consideration and consultation, decided to close Redemptorist Jr. and Sr. High Schools, it was never envisioned that there would be an agreement to lease the property to Cristo Rey. In fact, Cristo Rey specifically said at the time our announcement was made that it was not interested in Redemptorist and was searching for a location closer to downtown Baton Rouge. After closure, Cristo Rey contacted the diocese and expressed an interest in the property. We were surprised, but upon receiving a detailed letter on July 20, 2015 from Dr. Jim Llorens that described the extensive site selection process, the reason became clear: Cristo Rey simply could not find a suitable alternative. The only interest in the Redemptorist property until that time had come from elementary charter schools, and we had indicated we would not allow an elementary school on the grounds because of the continued operation of Redemptorist-St. Gerard Elementary. Cristo Rey therefore represents our best choice at this time for productive use of the property. Nothing was finalized until this week when the Diocesan College of Consultors took up the matter for the first time and unanimously recommended the lease agreement. Those are the facts of the matter, and those facts make it clear that the closure of Redemptorist was based on the projected severe financial losses that made the continuation of the school untenable and unsustainable, and not predicated on an anticipated sale or lease of the property to Cristo Rey."

The high school is expected to open in the fall of 2016.

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