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      Catholic education in the area is holding strong

      After seeing the sun set on a Catholic school in Rome, those in the Catholic community throughout the area feel for this unfortunate loss.

      Daynia Dodd is upset over this school closing and wonders what she can look forward to in the future as her children become older. "I just think it's a pity that a school has to close in today's day and age when there's all kinds of resources out there available," says Dodd.

      While we see Rome Catholic close it's doors, in DeWitt Christian Brothers Academy has a waiting list of more than thirty students. That's roughly half the total amount of students at Rome Catholic High. Brother Joseph Jozwiak oversees more than 700 students every day as the principal of CBA.

      His school gives out one million dollars annually through the help of private donation. This is to aid families in need to offset the nine thousand dollar tuition bill.

      "Our philosophy is to really be available to work with the students of working class and the poor," says Jozwiak.

      Other schools like Rome Catholic High do not have these same luxuries, as the economy has hit certain areas harder than others.

      Lisa Morris drives in a carpool from Cortland to keep her children in Catholic school. While those in Rome will have transportation to their new school in Utica, afterschool activities will be different. Morris hopes they will do the same as her family to stay in Catholic school.

      "I've been doing it for 6 years now, my children had a Catholic school education but our school in Cortland only went through 6th grade and the public school system just wasn't an option for me," says Morris.

      This is the feeling many have throughout the region as they hope to have strong Catholic schools in the future.