Maria Immacolata School to close at conclusion of school year
A Statement from Catholic Schools Superintendent Suzanne Troxclair
For more than 50 years, Maria Immacolata Catholic School has educated generations of families in the Houma area. However, due to the area’s extended economic downturn and a significant operational budget deficit in the school over the past several years, it is with great sadness that we announce that Maria Immacolata Catholic School will close at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
This difficult decision was made after a great deal of prayer, consultation and work, and with the approval and support of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Diocesan Consultative School Board, and Bishop Shelton J. Fabre. The Office of Catholic Schools and other diocesan consultative bodies have collaborated with Maria Immacolata Catholic School and church parish for the past two years in regards to the school’s financial challenges. While efforts were made for the past several years to try to overcome these challenges, the school continues to operate at a significant financial deficit
“We recognize the pain and disruption this decision causes for the Maria Immacolata family,” said Bishop Fabre. “I realize this decision is heartbreaking to our students, their parents, the school alumni, our dedicated faculty and staff, and, of course, the parish family. We will continue to support our students and their families, as well as our employees, through this difficult transition with spiritual and pastoral care.”
While it is unfortunate that Maria Immacolata will be unable to provide this important ministry beyond this current school year, we are absolutely committed to assisting those families in enrolling in another Catholic school in the diocese next fall, where they can continue to obtain academic and spiritual formation.
Please know that the Maria Immacolata Catholic School and church parish are in our prayers and will remain there as we move through this period of transition over the next several months.