10 Schools to Close Under Catholic Diocese Reorganization Plan

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 6:10 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 6:10 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - As part of their "Faith in Tomorrow" plan, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will close the following 10 schools at the end of the current school year:

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, Elma
Fourteen Holy Helpers School, West Seneca
Our Lady of Pompeii School, Lancaster
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Orchard Park
St. Bernadette School, Orchard Park
St. Francis of Assisi School, Tonawanda
St. Joseph School, Gowanda
St. Leo the Great School, Amherst
St. Mary of the Lake School, Hamburg
St. Vincent de Paul School, Spring Brook

These school closing will affect 1154 students and 195 faculty and staff.

According to the Catholic Diocese, the remaining schools will begin to transition into "Community Schools," governed by lay advisory boards of limited jurisdiction that will work with pastors on budgeting, administrative hiring and evaluation, and other school operations.

Below is a copy of a letter that was sent home to parents

Click the video for the entire news conference from Wednesday afternoon.