Kudos to those who are working to launch St. Ann’s Academy in Hornell, New York. The Diocese of Rochester decided that the original St. Ann’s Catholic School would close this month due to a lack of money and low enrollment. With fundraising, the school had just barely survived the previous year. It seemed that after 149 years, Catholic education in Hornell was about to fade away.
Then a small group decided to change tactics. Instead of battling with the DOR to stay open, they would open their own private Catholic school that is not officially associated with the diocese or the Church. It will include pre-K through grade three and hopefully expand in the future.
Starting a school is a huge undertaking. This group may not succeed, but they will have tried. They are now in charge of their own fate.
When someone tells you that there are no options, that you can’t afford it, that it’s impossible, think of St. Ann’s Academy. -- Susan M