Let schools remain open until appeals are resolved
Why doesn’t Bishop Richard Malone let the schools that have official appeals to the Roman Curia stay open until a decision is made? What does the Diocese of Buffalo have to lose by doing this? I believe that Malone wants the appeal process to drag out so that school buildings get closed. If a decision doesn’t come until after August, it would be very difficult to try to reopen a school once it has closed and people have moved on to a different school.
A delay would give the schools that are fighting a fair chance to fight for their school. Here are some facts about St. Francis of Assisi School in Tonawanda: We do not have underused buildings. Our enrollment has increased each year over the last 10 years. We have more than $500,000 in the bank, so money is not an issue. We are the only Catholic school in the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. We serve not only these two cities, but Grand Island, the Town of Tonawanda, Wheatfield and even Amherst. Our children cannot get bused outside of the district. So by closing St. Francis, our kids can’t get to another Catholic school. Our tuition is the lowest of any school in the diocese. But we can afford to pay our teachers, keep our building up to par, have SmartBoards in every classroom and a computer lab.
So, to the Diocese of Buffalo, give the schools with appeals time to let the legal process play out. What do you have to lose?