Tonawanda News

Opinion

January 17, 2014

LETTER TO EDITOR: Don't close St. Francis school

Tonawanda News — Bishop needs to explain closing St. Francis school

The Diocese of Buffalo has elected to close St. Francis of Assisi School, the only Catholic school serving the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. 

Our school, while small, has met all the benchmarks established by the diocese. We were told that schools meeting these benchmarks would not be closed. We were told that schools serving an individual and unique population would not be closed. Yet here we are. We parents thought that we had done our part and cared for our school and our children. Yet here we are.

The only reason one can surmise that our school will close is because the diocese feels they stand to reap more dollars by leaving other facilities open. It is common knowledge that St. Francis serves an impoverished population that may not afford to send their children elsewhere. More suburban schools may draw more “value” for the diocese, but they will not find a school with more spirit.

In addition, several years ago the diocese closed the only Catholic school in North Tonawanda. Many children and families will now be faced with changing schools a second time.

Many other families will search for an explanation, but one defies reason.

I, Fritz Gorbach, as a parent, demand accountability. Bishop Malone, Sister Cimino, Ms. Kostyniak, why will my children be denied this education?

Fritz Gorbach,

North Tonawanda

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