Holy Angels Academy Will Close At the End of the School Year

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon


Holy Angels Academy Will Close At the End of the School Year

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - After 150 years, Holy Angels Academy in Buffalo will close on June 30th following this school year.

Officials say the decision came after a long discussion and analysis of finances between the Board of Trustees and the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart.

Officials also say the closing is the result of declining enrollment, decrease in student pool, and decrease in populartion in the city of Buffalo.

In addition, the Grey Nuns decided to sell their Motherhouse in Yardley, PA and will be forced to find a place to live.

Parents with questions for the school are asked to attend one of the several parent meetings scheduled. Those meetings will be on:

-Wednesday May 1st:
4 p.m - 5:30 p.m. - current juniors/rising seniors
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - prep school

-Thursday May 2nd:
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Incoming freshman
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Freshman/rising sophomores

Friday May 3rd:
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Sophomores/rising juniors

As of now, all we know is a new director of admissions has been appointed to facilitate the placement of the students, with assistance from Bishop Malone.

Eyewitness News will have more information coming up at 5 and 6.

Bishop Malone released a statement Tuesday afternoon:

"Since 1861, the Grey Nuns have been dedicated to educating generations of young women in Buffalo to meet their potential: spiritually, intellectually and physically. We are all saddened to hear of the decision of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, the Board of Trustees of Holy Angels Academy and Holy Angels Prep to close the school at the end of this school year.

I encourage the families of Holy Angels’ students to consider furthering their Catholic education at any of our surrounding Catholic elementary schools and Catholic high schools. I ask our school communities to work diligently to make it a smooth transition for these young women as they move to a new educational setting.

Moving forward, I know that alumnae from Holy Angels Academy, through their service and the exemplary lives that they lead, will continue the legacy of the Grey Nuns, in the spirit of St. Marguerite d’Youville, giving of themselves to help others."