Questions remain on Cathedral High School’s future

This preliminary rendering shows an artist's vision of a rebuilt Cathedral High School. (Image Courtesy: Diocese of Springfield)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is getting impatient waiting for an update on plans for rebuilding Cathedral High School.

Sarno has written to Bishop Timothy McDonnell requesting an update on the future of the school, which had been located on Surrey Road in East Forest Park before it was badly damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado. Students have since been attending classes at the former Memorial School building in Wilbraham.

In a separate issue, Mark Dupont, spokesperson for the Diocese of Springfield, told 22News that they will not know until late February how much the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for a new school.

With so much uncertainty, Dupont explained why an artist’s rendering of what the new school might look like has been making the rounds.

“This week, we took the very unusual step of putting in an artist’s rendering of at least one concept on how a rebuilt, renovated Cathedral might look,” Dupont said.

He said this preliminary drawing is of interest to potential donors to a $10 million campaign to help potential students pay their tuition.

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