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Closing is no surprise

To the editor:

It is no surprise to me that DeSales High School in Geneva, N.Y., once again is in financial difficulty. As I recall, DeSales received a significant donation sometime after the year 2001. The donor gave a $15 million gift to the Catholic Schools of the Finger Lakes. I remember Bishop Clark acknowledging this gift.

DeSales used their share of the money to upgrade their technology and hire high-priced administrators. Most of it went to administrators in the hopes that they would turn the school around. This did not happen.

The steady, conservative philosophy of the revered former principal, Ed Tracey, was set aside in favor of a more aggressive marketing approach. The result is obvious. The school barely survives year to year. Enrollment is low and millions have been wasted.

Administrators come and go. There is no continuity. One can only pray for a school that was once vibrant and a symbol of Catholicity in the Finger Lakes.

Robert J. DiFulio
Rochester

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