Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School parents are stunned and heartbroken after learning the school is closing.
Many are now hoping a grassroots effort can save the school which is part of a Catholic High School tradition in Niagara Falls that dates back to the 1920's and included St. Mary's, Madonna and Bishop Duffy High Schools.
Niagara Catholic tells 7 Eyewitness News that it had no choice and would need to recruit 80 new students just to break even. Only 121 students are currently enrolled in the school.
Talks are underway between Niagara Catholic and Niagara University to allow current seniors to stay together and earn their diploma while taking courses at N.U.
7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly spent the day talking with one parent who is praying that something can be done to keep Niagara Catholic open because it has made such a difference in her 16-year-old autistic son's life.