The Catholic Diocese of Erie’s plan to reconfigure parochial schools throughout the region is being met with opposition.

A newly formed group known as “Save VCHS” has announced that they will appeal the diocese decision to close Venango Catholic High School.

Last month, the Diocese of Erie announced that they will be closing the Venango Catholic High School in Oil City.  It's one of four schools within the Catholic Diocese of Erie to close by the end of the year.  Erie Catholic leaders say cost projections for facility upgrades and low enrollment led to the decision.

Tonight, members of "Save VCHS" hosted a petition rally at the Free Methodist Church in Oil City.  In an effort to keep the school open, the group recently filed an appeal against the Erie Diocese.

At this point, the appeal is based on two main factors.  According to group's attorney, parents were left out of the decision making process, so the diocese violated church doctrine.  The appeal also claims that the Catholic Diocese of Erie was negligent in managing the school.

The Diocese of Erie now has 30 days to respond to the appeal.