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Grateful for dedication

To the editor:

I’ve been frustrated with the Diocese of Rochester because of their administration of our Catholic Schools. It seemed to me that decisions were being made randomly from a kind of black hole with little input from parents or even teachers. Now I see that really, the decisions have been made with complete consistency. The administrators choose the most convoluted path to create an end result that breaks as many hearts and makes as little sense as possible.

How else to explain what’s happened at St. Charles Borromeo in Greece? Here is a school packed with dedicated professionals who have sacrificed the larger salaries of their public school counterparts to educate so very many children with skill and love. These teachers function as a cohesive unit — they are a true team.

In return for years of selflessness — in many cases 20 years or more — these people have had to prepare resumes and reapply for their jobs. Word is coming down that, while some of these individuals will retain their jobs, others are not. The primary unit at St. Charles is second to none. The first and second grade teachers have taught countless children to read — including my own. Beyond that, they teach of a love of reading and a love of learning that stays with kids. These women are talented individuals who are now out of jobs. How can this happen? What sense does this make? In this recent round of school “consolidations,” there must have been a better way than to put these people through an arduous and nerve-wracking process and then thank them for years of service by showing them the door.

On behalf of generations of parents, I’d like to thank all of these wonderful teachers for sharing their gifts with our children, as well as apologize for the callous treatment they have received.


Elizabeth Cilano

Sotheby Drive


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