Notification of Catholic School Closures Underway in WNY

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo have begun the process of going in-person to notify those Catholic schools in Western New York that will be closed as part of a strategic plan called "Faith in Tomorrow."

The Diocese is looking to consolidate several schools because of increasing costs and decreasing enrollments.

Since September, pastors, principals, and parents from clusters of Catholic Schools have studied population data and school performance information to see which schools have the most potential for succeeding in the future.

Diocesan school officials say they were not only looking at the condition of buildings but also the type of programs that were in place in existing schools.

Carol Kostyniak, Secretary for Catholic Education, said the Diocese wants to use its money to improve STREAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) rather than pay for building operations where there is a low number of students.

Each year, the Diocese of Buffalo spends $13 million dollars to subsidize 45 Catholic schools in Western New York.

Approximately 11,0000 students attend Catholic school locally.

Wednesday afternoon, notifications will be given to families with a press conference to follow.

The press conference by the Diocese of Buffalo will be streamed live on WKBW.COM.