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2014-01-09 / Front Page

Our Lady of Pompeii to close in June

Our Lady of Pompeii School in Lancaster will be one of 10 Catholic schools closing in Western New York this June. “Three years of exhaustive research, collaboration and consultation culminated with the announcement by the Diocese of Buffalo of the implementation of “Faith in Tomorrow,” the strategic vision for Catholic elementary schools,” said a press release. Of the 10 schools slated to be shuttered in June, Our Lady of Pompeii employs the least number of individuals, with a total of 14 faculty and staff. It also has the second smallest number of students, with 70 in the school, which has children in kindergarten through eighth grade. St. Joseph School in Gowanda is the only school with a smaller enrollment of 42 students, but it has a faculty and staff of 16. “Regarding the school closures, this will be a difficult decision for many to accept, but these reductions are necessary and will allow us to sustain and eventually strengthen our remaining Catholic elementary schools,” Bishop Richard J. Malone said. “This is an important responsibility I bear as bishop. I am grateful to the Catholic School Advisory Council, pastors, principals and other lay advisors who spent a tremendous amount of time and effort during this planning effort,” he said.

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