Work to regain parents' trust - Catholic Courier

Work to regain parents’ trust

To the editor:

My family was one of many affected by (June’s) closing of 13 (Monroe County) Catholic Schools. It was a day of smiles as we celebrated the ending of another successful academic year, but also one of great sadness as we came together one last time as a school. Reflecting afterwards, I was struck by how we were ignored by the diocese. No appearance by our bishop or even a representative of his. No statement remembering the hundreds of years of fine education or praising the dedicated teachers and staff. No “thanks for sticking with us” to the 86 percent that have opted to continue in the Monroe County Catholic School System, just silence.

If this restructured system is going to work, the diocese must partner with us, the parents, who have a vested interest in its success. We’ve begun to bridge the divide between us by continuing to send our children to the remaining schools. The diocese must now work to rebuild our trust in their system. An acknowledgment of this sad occasion would have been a place to start.

Michele Begemann

Blue Aspen Way, Greece

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