Monday, October 09, 2006

Holy Cross, Batman. It's Gentilly.

Holy Cross High School has chosen a Gentilly site to relocate its campus after being severly flooded by Huricane Katrina.

The school's board of directors picked the site of the now-closed Redeemer-Seton High School and nearby St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church over its other option, a vacant 20-acre north Kenner tract that the Jefferson Parish School Board was willing to sell for about $2.5 million. The school's owner, the Congregation of the Holy Cross, has agreed with the board's recommendation, Holy Cross announced.

The decision caps 13 months of anxiety over the future of Holy Cross, which saw its campus in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward badly flooded by Hurricane Katrina, as were many of the neighborhoods on which Holy Cross depends for enrollment. Since reopening, the school has taught students in portable buildings at that campus while its leaders searched for a new home.

The Gentilly site was the preference of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, which had some influence but no firm authority to tell Holy Cross what to do. Archdiocesan leaders said they wanted to keep Holy Cross in New Orleans and promoted the Gentilly site as way to spur redevelopment in that area.
Now if only the Jokers on the Orleans Parish School Board can make a decision about what to do with their schools.

Update: More information on the aftermath here and here.

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