Catholic School Consolidation

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Hundreds of Western New York families are sitting on the edge of their seat, Wednesday, wondering if their school will appear on the shut-down list. It is all part of a revitalization plan to consolidate schools.
Since September, pastors, principals and parents have been working together to indentify schools that should stay open and others that should close to be consolidated. They said this is in effort to make the Catholic School system stronger.
It is part of a strategic revitalization plan that they are calling “Faith in Tomorrow”. The criteria that was looked at to determine which schools will remain open or be consolidated included the condition of the buildings, green space, the type of programs already offered at the school and potential enrollment in the future.
Along with the focus groups that looked at the schools, they had an online petition for parents to voice their opinions. They got about 2,000 responses. Ultimately, the decision to consolidate lies in the hands of Bishop Richard Malone.
“It's not only about closing schools but what we are doing to make Catholic Education stronger in Western New York,” Secretary for Catholic Education Carol Kostyniak said.
They said the schools that will most likely remain open would be those with enrollment of 400 students or more and with two classes each in Pre-K through eighth grade.
They said along with the consolidations, they have been working on plans for the future of the school. The Diocese has developed three strong initiatives that will also strength Catholic schools.
An announcement about the closures will be made this afternoon. Stay Tuned to Eyewitness News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to find out more.    


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