By Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND/ODESSA - For Catholic families in the Basin, getting their kids a religious education past the sixth grade is not an option, but that could soon all change.
Parents and parishioners are buzzing about the idea.
Residents of both Midland and Odessa have been talking about opening a Catholic high school for years.
Now a study is being done to see whether building one is feasible.
"I think a lot of parents would want it because once our kids are done with 6th grade, that's it for us," Maribelle Minyard, who supports the idea, said.
Marybell Minyard has been sending her son, Andrew, to catholic school for years.
Now that he's a 6th grade graduate, he's left with no other option but to enroll in public school.
"I think it's going to be hard for us. I liked how he was exposed to religion since he was 4. That's a benefit," Minyard said.
Now the San Angelo Diocese is moving forward with the idea.
They're currently doing a study to see if building a Catholic school in the Midland/Odessa area is feasible.
"There has been talk about it being in a central location so it's easy accessible. It would provide parents the ability to offer religious education all the way until their child's development," St. Mary's Assistant Principal, Bethany McKee Alexander, said.
"That would be a good idea; a lot of kids want to go to private school all through the years," St. Mary's Graduate, Zachary Minyard, said.
Plans for the catholic school is still in its early stages.
But residents are hopeful; the rest of the community will get behind this idea.
"Parents who are watching their children go on without religion taught in schools; they know that's something they'll be missing," Alexander said.
Catholic churches in both cities are including information in bulletins asking for input from church members.
Surveys are also being sent out to parents with children already enrolled in Catholic schools.