PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Parents are still fighting the closure of St. Patrick’s Catholic School. A group of parents brought a petition to Father Jose Paillacho of St. Patrick Catholic Church Wednesday morning asking him to keep the school open, but they say he didn’t accept it.
In a statement in Sunday’s church bulletin, Father Jose says he, along with the Parish Council and Finance Committee Members, wrote to Archbishop Thomas Rodi in Mobile about closing the school. The bulletin said Archbishop Rodi accepted the decision to close the school April 28th.
“He claims that it was low in enrollment and accreditation both of which, again, don’t make sense because our enrollments been up every year for at least the past four years that I’ve been here,” said parent Samantha Knipe.
Knipe says she was on the school board a year ago and they were getting updates for what they needed to do to meet accreditation standards. She says they kept doing everything the diocese asked them to do.
Parents are still collecting signatures on the petition.