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New Regional Catholic High School Proposed

WAMC

A new regional Catholic high school is going to be built in western Massachusetts, but the location remains a source of controversy.

   Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announced Monday that Springfield’s 130-year-old Cathedral High School will merge with Holyoke Catholic High School in the fall of 2016.  The merger was the result of a study Rozanski ordered to determine if Cathedral, which was wrecked in the 2011 tornado should be rebuilt. Rozanski said another study will determine a location for the regional high school for 500-600 students.

    He said the Holyoke Catholic High School site in Chicopee is not a long-term solution.

    "Having a new building, having one that is sustainable and with the proper facilities, I think is an exciting prospect," Rozanski said Monday.

    Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he will continue to fight for a new high school to be built at the long time Cathedral site on Surrey Road.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.