(WBEN) - This will most likely be the final year of operation for some Catholic elementary schools in Western New York.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Buffalo Sister Carol Cimino talked Monday about the next step in her three year strategic plan for Catholic elementary schools that began in 2011. The plan, called "Faith in Tomorrow," calls for the Diocese to address finances and school governance. On Monday Sister Cimino said that an aggressive timetable has been set, and that details of school closures may be announced as early as January of 2014.
The Diocese's plan calls for schools to maintain a sustainable model of 400 students per school with two classrooms per grade in grades Pre-K through eight.
A statement from the Diocese reads :
For the past decade, the number of Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo has been reduced due to declining enrollment, the result of out-migration from Western New York. That trend has continued, and thus, part of this revitalization process will include school consolidations. At this time, it would be premature to discuss any specifics until school clusters have concluded their discussions. Details will be forthcoming in early 2014.