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"Save Holy Angels" submits proposed recovery plan

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The "Save Holy Angels" Committee submitted a plan Friday to try and prevent the all-girls, Catholic high school from closing in North Buffalo.  Holy Angels Academy leaders announced April 30th that the high school and prep school would close for good at the end of this school year.  But since that time a committee of parents, alumnae and supporters have been fighting to keep the school open.

The recovery plan was submitted to the HAA Board of Trustees and the Grey Nuns of the Sacred  Heart. 

In a news a release -- the committee's proposal identifies new strategies for immediate short and long term financial recovery. It calls for new components for curriculum, new goals and strategy for enrollment and suggests immediate expansion of alumnae and parent involvement.   It also proposes improvements for communication.

The committee says "time if of the essence" and "fully trust" that the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and the Board will "act with the same speed, love and determination that the Holy Angels family has witnessed since the heartbreaking April 30, 2013 closing announcement." 

The Board met with parents and other members of the school community last week to reveal its financials.  The Board is scheduled to meet Monday.  The committee speculates the proposal could be considered.

The school sited lower enrollment, a loss in recent years of at least three nearby Catholic grade schools that were "feeder" schools to Holy Angels and difficulty in creating a larger Chinese student student program as main factors for the closing.

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