Tonawanda News — “Based on this article, St. Francis closed due to the following: women of child bearing age, baptisms, religious education programs, current and projected enrollment trends and parish data on sacraments. Did the Diocese of Buffalo ever consider North Tonawanda when factoring this information, as many students come from North Tonawanda which does not have a Catholic school?
“If St. Francis School closes, our parish has to pay an educational assessment each month to the diocese to go towards other schools that are open. Our parish also has to take care of the empty buildings, adding another financial burden.
“Regarding your comment of, ‘only 1000 kids will be without a school, but there are 5300 empty seats in remaining Catholic schools.’ Are these seats in schools in this area? Now you announced that the diocese just hired a “STREAM” coordinator. You can say what you want, but it’s clear that the diocese knew what schools they wanted closed and all the data means nothing. Such a sad day for Catholic education.”
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