I congratulate city leaders for their vision in approving the conceptual plan for revitalizing the Kensington Heights area, as reported in the Sept. 8 News. However, as president of St. Mary's School for the Deaf, it is incumbent upon me to make clear that no decision has been made to relocate the school.
St. Mary's was invited to consider participating in the project and agreed to be included in the preliminary stages. The plan developed by Ross Wilson & Associates makes it very clear that St. Mary's is considering an array of options in its planning process, and the Kensington Heights project is but one of those options.
St. Mary's has a lengthy, proud and successful history and tradition of serving the educational needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing persons in our Western New York area and beyond. We have been at 2253 Main St. for over 100 years. Clearly, one of our options is to remain at our current site, continuing to grow and redevelop it to meet contemporary educational program requirements for our students.
Any decision -- whether it be a relocation or, more likely, a redevelopment of our present site -- will be made by our board of trustees after careful consideration of all options.
DAVID R. UPDEGRAFF Buffalo