BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo’s Catholic school students are among the thousands returning to class on Wednesday, but there are fewer schools for Catholic school students to return to this year.
Most Reverend Bishop Richard Malone is ready to welcome back Catholic students Wednesday morning at Saints Peter and Paul School in Williamsville. He is going to talk to students about the new STREAM initiative. It stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math. It launches Wednesday.
The diocese decided to close 10 elementary schools back in January, and Bishop Malone said it was a tough decision. They are now using the money they saved from closing the schools to fund the new STREAM program in the remaining schools. The diocese said it’s an investment in the future of Catholic education in Erie County.
“Instead of putting it into buildings and boilers and bricks and mortar, that kind of thing, what we’re trying to do is move those resources into programs,” said Catholic Schools Superintendent Sister Carol Cimino.
Most Rev. Richard Malone said, “I really believe what will happen is, by doing this painful work now, we strengthen Catholic education regionally.”
The enrollment numbers for the Buffalo Diocese will come out in a few weeks. The diocese said most of the displaced students are heading to another Catholic school in the area.