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City Paid To Bus Students Expecting Tornado-Damaged School To Be Rebuilt

Taxpayers in Springfield, Massachusetts have paid out $1.3 million to bus Catholic high school students to suburban classrooms.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he has no regrets about providing transportation for Cathedral High School students after the June 2011 tornado destroyed the Springfield campus.  Classes were relocated to a former elementary school in Wilbraham.  Sarno said he believed Cathedral would eventually rebuild in Springfield, but that now is in doubt.

" It was the right thing to do," said  Sarno about the decision to pay to transport Cathedral students to Wilbraham.  " I would do that for anyone after we faced that devastating tornado that hit us. It was the right thing to do."

The Springfield bishop announced a proposal to merge Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools and build a new school at a yet to be determined location.

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.