BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo Diocese has determined that to revitalize their school system throughout WNY, they will be moving forward with a plan to consolidate elementary schools.
Starting in 2011, the Diocese began building a three-year strategic plan called "Faith in Tomorrow." After more than two years of research, the Diocese says it will now begin to implement that plan, which has an aggressive deadline of January 2014.
The major goals of the plan include establishing an organizational model for elementary schools, to make them more financially sustainable. To do this, the Diocese will establish Regional schools, which will be owned by the Diocese, and Community schools, which will be owned by the parish.
The Diocese says in the coming weeks, it will be meeting with representatives of Catholic elementary schools, which in recent years have seen a declining enrollment. The implementation of the plan will mean consolidating these schools, but the Diocese says discussing which schools will be closing is premature.
Other goals of "Faith in Tomorrow" include strengthening Catholic identity throughout school curriculum, adding honors programs, electives and remedial instruction, and determining financial plans to help the Diocese support the largest possible population.
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