Two sites named finalists for new regional Catholic high school - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Two sites named finalists for new regional Catholic high school

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The former Cathedral High School in Springfield was damaged beyond repair by the June, 2011 tornado. (WMN / file photo) The former Cathedral High School in Springfield was damaged beyond repair by the June, 2011 tornado. (WMN / file photo)
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

There are two possible sites for the new Pope Francis High School, which will combine Cathedral High School in Springfield and Holyoke Catholic High School in Chicopee.

Mark E. Dupont, Secretary for Communications for the Diocese of Springfield, confirmed to Western Mass News that the list of possible sites has been narrowed down to the former Cathedral High School location on Surrey Road in Springfield's East Forest Park neighborhood, and an area of land owned by Saint Stanislaus Basilica Parish along Memorial Drive in Chicopee.

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will make the final decision where the school will be built. A final decision on the location is expected within a few weeks, Dupont said.

The site recommendations were discussed Monday night during a joint meeting with the diocesan school board and the school boards representing Cathedral High School, Holyoke Catholic High School and St. Michael's Academy in Springfield, Dupont said.

In reaching the final two sites, a number of other locations in Springfield, Chicopee and West Springfield were reviewed and eventually eliminated, Dupont said. 

The locations included land in West Springfield behind the Dominican Nuns Monastery along Brush Hill Road. The site proved to have wetland limitations among other configuration challenges.

Cathedral High School began operating out of the former Memorial School in Wilbraham after the June, 1 2011 tornado damaged the building beyond repair. Holyoke Catholic High School has been relocated to the former Assumption Elementary School in Chicopee.

Pope Francis High School is expected to be open for the start of the 2016 school year. 

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