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Jamestown Community Fights for Catholic School
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JAMESTOWN, NY - Parents at Catholic Academy of the Holy Family in Jamestown are vowing to continue the fight to keep their school open.

Parents and supporters met Monday night to discuss the decision made by the Buffalo Catholic Diocese to close their school because of a lack of students.

Last month, the Diocese told the school community that they had to raise at least $120,000, and increase enrollment.

"They did not meet the enrollment benchmark," said Kevin Keenan, spokesman for the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. "The enrollment benchmark was 100, which was really a modest benchmark. And 69 students were enrolled for the coming year. Of those, at least 15 were not going to pay any tuition."

Despite the odds, parents say they will continue their efforts.

"We are going to continue to petition the Diocese to meet with us, to come up with a plan of action because we did raise the money they asked us to raise to cover our deficit for next year."

Parents say they are also exploring the idea of running the school independently, but in order to do so, they would have to apply to the state Board of Regents for a new charter.

Holy Family will be speaking with Diocesan leaders next week.

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