The following is information released today by the Diocese of Lafayette regarding Trinity Catholic School in St. Martinville:
As has been reported in the media, Trinity Catholic School of St. Martinville has experienced a serious decrease in enrollment over the last several years. Trinity has a long history with roots dating back to 1881 when the Sisters of Mercy arrived in St. Martinville. The school has developed through diverse structures to reflect the needs of the local Catholic community. Historically, the school has experienced both the blessings and burdens of changes in enrollment, including economic situations. This Catholic elementary school is operated by St. Martin de Tours and Notre Dame Catholic Parishes. Bishop Michael Jarrell has instructed that every effort and avenue is to be explored to keep the school open for the 2015-2016 academic year.Registration is open for the coming school year. The spiritual, moral and financial support of the local community will be necessary to accomplish our goal. We estimate the budget shortfall to be approximately $250,000 or more. Candidly, registration of at least 170 students by March 25, 2015 is necessary. Current enrollment is 172 which has resulted in a significant deficit. As of now, only 106 students have registered. Emergency measures are being implemented in addition to fund raising and a possible loan from the Diocese of Lafayette. Success is also contingent on having a sufficient number of qualified teachers. We appeal to the local community to encourage registration and financial support. All media enquiries are to be made through Msgr. Richard Greene, Diocesan Spokesman.
March 4, 2015