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Parents Seek Charter to Keep Mount St. Joseph Academy Open

By Harold Sherrell

Buffalo, NY – There may be new life for Mount Saint Joseph Academy on Main Street in Buffalo.

A couple of weeks ago the Sisters of Saint Joseph announced plans to close the school. But Thursday morning, a parents group announced a new timeline in an effort to keep the school open. Local Attorney Steve Boyd says he and other parents have formed a not-for-profit educational corporation that will submit an academic charter.

"On July 22nd, the New York State Board of Regents will consider our application for a charter," Boyd said. "It is our hope and expectation that on that day, we will be approved, and we will have a new academic charter for a brand new Mount St. Joseph Academy."

The Sisters of St. Joseph said they were shutting down the grade school because of declining enrollment and mounting financial losses. But since the announcement, parents have managed to raise $125,000 and plan to take over the school by September.

One hundred sixty-four students are enrolled in grades pre-K through 8.

The Sisters of St. Joseph will delay closing the school, pending the outcome of the parent's effort.