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Saint Augustine School - New City, N.Y. (file / credit: Google Maps)

Saint Augustine School – New City, N.Y. (file / credit: Google Maps)

NEW CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Refusing to accept the New York Archdiocese’s order to close, parents at Saint Augustine School in New City are exploring their legal options.

“We’re considering a lawsuit because we have learned that at least two other school in the Archdiocese have asked for and then given meetings with the superintendent of schools,” Home School Association President Bethann Rooney told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

She said they’re not getting that kind of response. They’re not hearing any answers.

“We continue to ask why Saint Augustine School that is academically superior, financially solvent, with a viable business model that the Archdiocese is being closed,” she said.

The school was told to raise $1.2 million dollars and they’ve scraped together a financial plan totaling $2.1 million.

But Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said a regional committee considered more than just money.

“Enrollment, demographic projections of the schools, the availability of other schools in the region, the conditions of the school buildings,” he said. “They really looked at a whole range of issues. They evaluated them in light of the other schools in the region and then had to make the very delicate decisions.”

Saint Augustine parents have appealed to the Cardinal. They say they will take it to the Vatican and possibly court.

Zwilling said he believes the closure order will stand.