New Plan for Area Catholic Schools

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM EDT

There is a lot of anxiety in the community.. since the Diocese of Buffalo announced plans to close more Catholic elementary schools.

A report in this week's Business First looks at the situation. The Diocese has 45 elementary schools, which educate roughly 11,000 students in eight counties.

Tthe goal is to establish schools that follow this model: a capacity of at least 400 students and grades Pre-K to 8, with a working
science lab, music room and gymnasium. Each school must also have its own fundraising campaign.

The report says Notre Dame Academy in South Buffalo follows that model. The former St. Martin's School on Abbott Road has grown to more than 500 students, after Trinity Catholic Academy and St. Ambrose school were recently closed.

The Diocese is working on a reconfiguration now. Any changes will be announced in January.

In other news, the University at Buffalo is studying traffic patterns, with a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Researchers are gathering a data and running it through equations. They could eventually predict traffic congestion at bridge crossings into Canada and eliminate a wait at customs booths.

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