WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Cathedral High School students and parents are still waiting to find out what will happen to their tornado-damaged school site, as the Diocese of Springfield makes plans to merge Cathedral with Holyoke Catholic High School.
Monday night, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will go over the latest reviews of the proposed sites for the merged school, in a meeting at St. Thomas the Apostle, at 47 Pine Street, in West Springfield.
Cathedral High School students are have been using the former Memorial School building in Wilbraham since their school was damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado.
Following many months of speculation about the future of Cathedral, in February, Rozanski announced the plan to merge the two local Catholic schools. The bishop says the new, merged school will need a building that could ideally accommodate between 500 and 600 students.
The damaged Cathedral High School location, on Surrey Road in Springfield, is being discussed as one possible location, while other potential sites include the former Uniroyal factory site in Chicopee, and a piece of property owned by the Springfield Diocese on Brush Hill Avenue in West Springfield.
In the Bishop’s announcement for the merge, he stated that they plan to have the new school complete by 2016.
Mark Dupont, spokesperson for the Diocese, said in a news release sent to 22News that a final site for the school will not be announced in Monday’s meeting, but that they will give a full report of their review of all the possible locations.
Monday night’s meeting is open to parents of those affected by the merge.