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Parents meet about Catholic school closures

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Buffalo: Parents meet about Catholic school closures
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The word "ambushed" was on the tongues of many angry South Buffalo parents Wednesday when they met to discuss what will happen when the Ambrose and Trinity Catholic Academies close later this year.

The Diocese of Buffalo made the announcement Thursday that students from both schools will join students at Notre Dame Academy.

Many parents felt their opinions had been ignored completely.

One of the major concerns was whether enough seats would be available to accommodate students of all three schools, but Chris Scanlon, a Buffalo Common Council member, says it could be a positive move for students.

"I know it is devastating to have your grammar school close. Mine was closed a few years ago in the most recent round of consolidations. But to have the right mindset moving forward, and to look at it as an opportunity for your children to meet some new kids, to be integrated with some kids they don't know and see what can come from that," said Scanlon.

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