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Letter: Farmingdale Lasalle Parents Need Some Help

(Editor’s note: An organized rally by the families of LaSalle School has been scheduled from the Village Green to St. Kilian Church on Saturday, Jan. 7.)

Three weeks ago the Diocese of Rockville Center decided to close six grammar schools on Long Island. Lasalle Regional School in Farmingdale Village is one of them.

The school is obviously a central part of our community and closing it would force that community to be fragmented. To me, that’s not acceptable. Sports programs, art programs, music programs, dance programs, local Scout programs, local businesses, and of course, the dedicated staff will also be negatively impacted by the school closing. This too, is unacceptable.

The Lasalle parents have done everything they are supposed to do as good members of the community. They have raised thousands of dollars for charity and school improvements, and are involved at every level in the kids’ education. Although the school itself is not losing money (we’re in the black), the bishop sent a letter to the school community saying our neighborhood was not viable to sustain good attendance numbers for the next 10 years. No discussion, no debate, no examination of the facts.

We believe he has been given the wrong information. To date he has refused to even speak with us, which is surprising. The hardworking parents of Lasalle, all middle class working families, that donate countless hours to good causes want their day in court. We want an audience with the bishop and his superiors to review the information they claim to have, and refute it with our own data as appropriate. I realize there are countless people less fortunate than us at this time of year, but my kids and my community deserve to be treated fairly. I’m calling on you to help good Long Islanders get heard by giving us a public forum to get our message out.

Chris Malanga, Lasalle
Regional School parent