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Says seats are too few

To the editor:

Catholics countywide are reeling from the announcement of the 13 school closings, although we understand that operating 24 schools with increasing costs is difficult. Many of us debate the fiscal priorities of the diocese. How many students would that new cathedral educate? Or the $3 million never-to-be-used gymnasium? What the diocese isn’t advertising … is the fact that the Wegman money that has funded the WIN schools for 10 years is no more. The diocese would be five million dollars in debt without some closings, but where is the social justice in sending 600 families back to a city school district with a graduation rate of 37 percent? But, those families cannot afford the new reduced tuition anyway.

On to the suburbs: The bishop’s task force estimated that less than half of the students in the closing schools would re-enroll in another diocesan school and counted remaining “seats” accordingly. We CAN afford the reduced tuition and more than half of us will return, albeit disgruntled. Only leaving 11 schools open will deny a Catholic education to many families. We need to “Save more schools.”

My son attends St. John the Evangelist in Spencerport, a financially sound and physically stable school. Enrollment has increased 10 percent in three years and the pre-K numbers are good. St. Pius X and St. Lawrence were to absorb the displaced families from St. John’s. However, St. Lawrence is almost at capacity NOW. St. Pius had more than 500 people attend their open house. There aren’t enough seats and that is before we consider the geography and busing.

Elizabeth Hoelperl

West Wautoma Beach

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