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January 17, 2014

EMOTIONAL RESPONSE

Staff, parents angered by St. Francis of Assisi School closure

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Tonawanda News — “Everything that you answered was not St. Francis, not these little schools with little neighborhoods,” he said. “They’re closing these little neighborhood schools. If we wanted to go to a school with 400 kids in it, we’d go to a public school.”

In the end, however, the decision has been made. There is no appeals process, and while some parents, including Gorbach, said they’re trying to encourage others to question the decision, they’re also preparing for its implementation. Gorbach spoke Thursday while on his way from visiting another area school for his children.

“We’re certainly hoping” the diocese will reverse the decision, he said. “I’ve been trying to rally people, but at the same time, we’re making plans for the future.”

And in her office at St. Francis, Politowski, the school’s principal, soldiers on, dealing with a school full of heartbroken students and teachers.

“My main concern is the children and the staff,” she said. “I want them to find a home and move on, and do the best they can. Another door will open.”

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