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February 10, 2014

The fight's not over

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Tonawanda News —

First of all, the bishop, secretary of education and the diocesan superintendent of schools could be given a little leeway with the decision, just in case they did not know that St. Francis School is in the City of Tonawanda and that North Tonawanda is a city, neither of which bus children out of the district. Just in case this scenario is correct, I sent them each a map outlining the two cities and the Town of Tonawanda along with non-bashing letters.

A response from the superintendent and secretary suggested my efforts might be better used to promote the Town schools. No response from the bishop.

However, I didn’t expect a response as the bishop did not respond to Sen. Maziarz, Assemblyman Schimminger, Erie County Legislator Hardwick or the mayors of the Twin Cities — all of whom wrote expressing their disappointment at the decision with hopes it would be rethought. I’m way down on that list of prominent people fighting for St. Francis.

Even Andy Parker from Channel 2, who sponsors the Weather Machine Contest for schools, emailed the principal that he would like to feature the school’s Save the Saint Francis Facebook page which has 2,276 likes and counting. It will be featured some time next week on Channel 2’s weather.

Regarding the no-responses, it seems there are just two reasons:

First, the bishop’s guarded by a secretary who just files the letters, or, secondly, he just doesn’t know how to rethink a decision. He clearly wants to help the low-income and minority families living in Buffalo and is hell-bent on consolidation. Guess we’re not poor enough.

Carol Kostyniak, secretary of eduction, was quoted in the Western New York Catholic: “What we want to avoid in this process is leaving a bunch of families out where they have no options.”

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