Tonawanda News

The City

March 16, 2014

St. Francis students write to religious, political officials

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Tonawanda News — “We’re in a waiting game right now,” he said.

Saltarelli and Politowski said they remain hopeful that Pope Francis and other religious officials will see the value of the local school and reverse the decision. 

Other options are being kept open, and Saltarelli has been in contact with the attorney representing St. Bernadette, an Orchard Park school set to close at the end of the year. The school may file a civil suit against the diocese in Erie County Supreme Court, and Saltarelli said he is keeping an eye on the school’s progress.

Community members also have explored the possibility of keeping St. Francis open privately.

“It’s something that we’ve looked at, but right now, that’s sort of on hold until we see what happens with the appeal,” Saltarelli said, noting that he hopes he’ll hear from Rome this month. “I’d rather just win the appeal and not have to do everything we’d have to do to go private.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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