Bishop Malone: Catholic School Consolidation

BUFFALO -- "We're paying for the product if you will, and to not include us was wrong it -- was just wrong."

Bridget Pacholec tells 2 On Your Side parents were only given a survey involving the consolidation plan.

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"How far are you willing to travel for schools, how much tuition are you willing to pay," Bridget said. "How big of a classroom size are you willing to accept and nothing asking us for ideas."

"I think some parents wanted to be a part of the whole process and we would still be working it all through for 3 to 4 more months if we had done that," Bridget said.

Wednesday the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will announce plans to restructure its school system in Western New York.

Bishop Malone tells 2 On Your Side, "I don't think as many are closing as some people seem to project."

Because of increasing costs, and decreasing enrollment, the Diocese is looking to consolidate Catholic Schools.

"There is going to be room in all of the schools that stay open for any and all of those students," Bishop Malone said. "Sometimes we'll have to work on busing perhaps. But some of those schools are in very close proximity."

Currently there are about 45 Catholic elementary schools in the Buffalo area.

"We're trying to do planned change in a careful way that will strengthen catholic education," Bishop Malone said.

Parents now wait to hear the rest.

"My biggest concern is how everyone is going to come together on this and handle the loss," Bridget said.


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