Parents hope protest outside bishop’s mansion pays off

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Parents are not giving up trying to save their childrens’ schools. Monday morning, they’re anxious to see if their protest will pay off.

Parents say they’ve been kept in the dark when it comes to having their questions answered. They say Bishop Richard Malone hasn’t been willing to talk to them since he made the announcement to close 10 schools.

They’re doing everything they can to find a way to keep the doors open at these elementary schools. An appeal was even sent to the vatican from parents at four of the elementary schools. Some say it’s been difficult to try and make the transition into another catholic school.

St. Mary of the Lake parent Don Busha said, “Some of these schools are not offering the tuition assistance that St. Mary’s offered. The diocese promised it would be an easy transition from a closed school to another school and that’s the furthest thing from the truth.”

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Sister Carol Cimino said, “It was not easy to recommend the closing of schools and I know it was very painful for the bishop he agonized, he scrutinized and came up with the decision of what schools to close.”

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