Catholic Diocese Explains School Consolidation Plan

January 13, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

January 13, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will announce plans to restructure its school system in Western New York on Wednesday afternoon.

The latest move is part of a 3-year strategic plan called "Faith in Tomorrow."

Because of changes in the population, increasing costs, and decreasing enrollment, the Diocese is looking to find a more sustainable way to operate Catholic Schools in the future.

There are 45 Catholic elementary schools in the Buffalo area with an enrollment of approximately 11,0000 students.

Using scientific data that looked at population trends combined with school performance information, pastors, principals, and Catholic school parents were asked for input starting last September.

"They said we want upgraded buildings, we want enriched programs, we want updated programs, and you know what - we are willing to pay for it," said Sister Carol Cimino, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

"The most important thing they said to us is that we want Catholic schools."

Bishop Richard Malone gave the final approval for the plan that will be revealed to the public during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

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