There had been talks for a while that St. Peter School in Gueydan could possibly close and the fear of many in that community just became reality.

According to a post on the school's Facebook page, the school will be closing at the end of this school year. The reason given is that there just aren't enough children registered to attend.

The post from Fr. Corey Campeaux reads as follows:

In my last communication I stated that a plan to keep St. Peter School open for the 2017/2018 school year was submitted to and accepted by Bishop Deshotel. We anticipated as many as 50 students to make that plan work. However, that number has dropped to 38. After consultation with the Principal and the Advisory Board, it was determined that we cannot operate with such a low number both educationally or financially. With this in mind, we have had to make the painful decision not to open for the 2017/2018 school year.

Campeaux went on to explain that the announcement was made suddenly, but it was necessary in order to allow their teachers adequate time to find other employment.

Additionally, parents would also have an opportunity to enroll their children in other Catholic schools in the area. Neighboring Catholic schools such as Maltrait Memorial and Mt. Carmel would be notified to be ready to accept these students.

St. Peter School in Gueydan has been operating since 1954.

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