Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What happened to the new Catholic school in Youngsville?

http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/47f54d29a459da0366e0957afcc9150aa14c4489/c=162-0-1838-1260&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2017/01/06/LAGroup/LafayetteLA/636192987403982515-0716brychurch3.jpgIn December 2015, St. Anne Catholic Church made a splash when it announced plans to build a new school in Youngsville.

It would be called St. Paul Catholic School. 

It would have students in kindergarten through eighth grades. 

It would be off Hwy. 89, near the Sabal Palms subdivision.

However, in the 13 months since that announcement, the church has made no visible progress on the school.

Periodically over the past several months, The Daily Advertiser has reached out to the church for updates on the plans. The church has not responded to many of these inquiries, including one made more than a week ago.

In the few brief email responses received, church officials have said only that there is nothing substantial to report.

The only reference to the school plans on the church’s website is the original announcement. 

A review of St. Anne bulletins from the past several months shows no mention of the school.

Simone Champagne, chief administrative officer for the city of Youngsville, said that as of Jan. 5, “the city has not received any construction plans from St. Anne’s pertaining to the building of a new school.”

A representative for the Diocese of Lafayette referred all inquiries to the church.

The school would be built on 15 acres of land donated by John, Guy and Emma Broussard.
John Broussard said he has not had any “fruitful contact” with the church about the school plans in several months.

“I’ve talked to them, but they don’t seem to know too much. They are kind of waiting on the diocese,” Broussard said.

Broussard said he hopes to speak with Diocese of Lafayette Bishop Douglas Deshotel — who took over in April 2016 — about the matter soon.

“I find that it’s going too slow,” Broussard said. “They have three years to at least pour the slab. If they don’t do that, I can take the property back legally. I don’t want to have to do that.”

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