Our Lady of Lourdes School will not reopen for the 2011-12 school year. Reverend Steven C. Rogers sent a message citing low enrollment (only 57 students have pre-registered) as the cause.
There will be an informational meeting at 7pm on Wednesday. August 10th in the Parish Hall. Principals from neighboring Catholic Schools will be there to facilitate students transferring to another Catholic School.
Daniel Peters, EdD, Superintendent of Schools
Catholic Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph
Our Lady of Lourdes School, in Raytown, Missouri
(Kansas City, MO / August 9, 2011) For 59 years, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has offered an excellent education to generations of young people in Raytown, Missouri. The school was established to serve families who desired superior academics, spiritual formation, and social growth for their children. As many school alumni can attest, the school achieved its mission, and the fruits are evident in successful lives.
Ten years ago, 199 students attended Our Lady of Lourdes School. As of August 8, however, only 57 students were pre-registered for this school year. In recent days, a parish and diocesan team met to consider alternatives. After considering what was best for the students, Bishop Robert Finn has accepted our recommendation not to reopen the school for the 2011-12 school year. This decision was made mindful of the dedication and selfless service of our school faculty and staff. I am asking other Catholic school administrators to give first priority for staffing any available positions to the teachers and staff of Our Lady of Lourdes School.
Without a doubt, Our Lady of Lourdes School offered each student a very personalized learning experience with superior academics. Our mission to educate the whole child also challenges us to offer co-curricular, and age-appropriate athletic and extra-curricular activities. Current enrollment prevents the full experience that each student deserves.
Area Catholic schools already are assisting families through this time of transition.
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