Days after she was dismissed as principal of St. Benedict School in Eggertsville, Molly Halady has agreed to a contract with the school to return to her post, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has announced.
The decision to retain Halady followed a meeting Sunday among Halady, the pastor of St. Benedict Church and the diocese's secretary of Catholic education, a session held in response to the outpouring of concern from some parents of children enrolled at the school.
The Rev. Joseph Porpiglia, St. Benedict's pastor, announced that Halady will return as the school's principal in an email sent Monday to parents, one day after The Buffalo News reported on the parental reaction to Halady's dismissal.
"We now ask that we join together and focus our energies on a renewed commitment to creating a strong Catholic community committed to spiritual growth and academic excellence," Porpiglia said in the email, a copy of which was provided to The News by diocesan officials.
Halady has served for three years as principal of St. Benedict School. In a statement to parents Thursday, the parish said Halady was leaving the school to "pursue other options."
But in an email to parents one day later, Halady said she was dismissed by the parish because she objected to some of the terms in her new contract and, therefore, refused to sign the agreement. She denied being insubordinate and vowed to fight to win back her job.
Concerned parents discussed Halady's departure by phone and email, and several proposed holding protests outside St. Benedict Church on Sunday.
The diocese urged parents not to hold the public protests and, while declining to discuss the personnel matter with The News, agreed to hold the meeting among Halady, Porpiglia and Carol Kostyniak, the diocesan education official.
A diocesan spokesman declined to comment further, and Halady could not be reached Monday. Classes for kindergarten through eighth grade begin Wednesday.