Parents Meet Over Closing School

January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM EDT

ELMA (WKBW) A meeting of concerned parents Thursday night at Annunciation School in Elma, just one day after the announcement was made that their school was one of ten scheduled to close.

"We are holding together, and we have a session tonight allowing the parents to express their disappointment, to ask questions. We can't answer all the questions but at least we can be here to listen," Annunciation Pastor Fr. Eugene Ulrich said.

"Basically a chance for the parents to get together and talk to one another, and ease the pain of the school closing. Everyone is upset," education council president Bob Moscato added.

Parents now face the questions of what to do for the future of their children's education.

"I have these great kids, great experience at Annunciation, great catholic faith and now we have to say well that's not here anymore and figure out where we're going to go," parent Peter Florczak said.

"What are we gonna do? They're going to force us into something we don't want to do. We want to keep our kids in Catholic education. We like the idea that I go into the school and all the parents know me and I know all the parents. I know all the teachers. They're taking all the choices away from us. What are we supposed to do?" parent Danette Fix asked.

And options for parents are dwindling. Along with Annunciation, St. Vincent De Paul school, also in Elma, was also among the ten that will close after this school year.

"We now do not have Catholic elementary education in our town and that's extremely sad," Moscato said.

"Our concern is that there will not be sufficient room at Immaculate Conception, and will not be sufficient room at St. Marys of Lancaster. Where will these students go?" F. Ulrich added.