In light of Uvalde school shooting, private school enrollments soar

SAN ANTONIO – A new school year means new buildings and new security for the town of Uvalde.

Robb Elementary School is set to be demolished and some students will move to different campuses from August 15.

For some families, they are making a more drastic change when it comes to their schools.

“We are aiming for a target of at least 100 students. Last year we started with 52,” said Pastor Scott Quidley, superintendent of McCauley Christian Academy.

McCauley Christian Academy is under construction and working to accommodate an influx of new students this year.

“This is going to be another preschool room, which is to say we’re going to be able to use it for our academy. And it’s a big room,” Quidley said.

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Since the shooting at Robb Elementary, interest and enrollment has increased.

“Sometimes more than one a day, meeting more than one family a day,” said Michelle Miller, the school’s administrator.

It’s part of a growing trend.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio said several families from Robb Elementary are heading to Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Private schools like Sacred Heart and McCauley will cost families several thousand dollars per child per year, but their main issues revolve around one thing.

“What about security? said Quidley.

The only entrance and exit door to McCauley Christian Academy is still locked. An interior secretary will have to call you. Once inside, there are even more security measures in place.

The school is surrounded by padlocked gates, they have armed security on site and cameras covering almost every inch.

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“A few additional protocols for security on our classroom doors. And it will be locked doors all the time,” Quidley said.

In Uvalde, Sacred Heart Catholic School has just received similar upgrades, including security cameras, magnetic locks, a key card system and wiring, as well as equipment throughout the school.

Uvalde CISD announced that it will use a million dollar donation from the Las Vegas Raiders to install new perimeter fencing, cameras, upgrade doors and locks, and they are hiring police personnel and additional district security.

Changes needed to adapt to a new normal.

“Ten years ago we weren’t as concerned about safety as we are now,” Quidley said.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio has launched a campaign to raise funds to pay for tuition at Sacred Heart. This recombination with a significant donation will be able to accommodate up to 100 additional students.

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