St. Mary of the Lake Hopes Bishop Reconsiders Closing

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM EDT

Hamburg, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) The parents, the staff and many other members of the Saint Mary of the Lake community say they don’t understand the decision to close their school.

“We've reached all of our benchmarks, we have all the parameters we don't have any financial concerns at all and we're puzzled we are really dumbfounded,” said Chris Herzog whose children attend the school.

Those attending a meeting to talk about the future of the school believe Saint Mary’s met all of the qualifications it needed to in order to stay open.

So now they are asking why would the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo name it as one of ten schools set to close next year.

“If the diocese sends out a criteria and the criteria is the same for everybody to stay open and we meet that criteria why would we close,” said Linda Smith.

Officials shared with parents at Monday’s meeting many of the school’s attributes, including the location which they feel provides easy access, room to grow and a campus with many features including a library and more than 24 functioning classrooms.

School officials are now asking parents and members of the school community to do three things: register their students for next academic year anyway, write letters to the Bishop and other diocesan officials and sign a petition to keep the school open.

“I can only believe that the Bishop and his staff being intelligent and being of good will must not have gotten the full story of Saint Mary's. And I have to believe, I’m supremely confident that when they do, they'll necessarily change their mind and allow the school to remain open,” said Stephen Sorci, an alumni of the school.