YOUNGSTOWN - After a study of the pros and cons of moving out of the city, Cardinal Mooney High School will stay where it is, Youngstown Diocese Bishop George Murry announced Tuesday.
After Cardinal Mooney's president, the Rev. Gerald DeLucia, and the Board of Directors considered the options, Murry decided that the school will remain on Erie Street and Indianola Avenue on the South Side and undergo renovations. It has been in the city since 1956.
The study was done by Catholic School Management of Connecticut on behalf of the Cardinal Mooney Board of Directors. The board had voted to move the school to Boardman, but Murry had the final decision.
Murry told the Cardinal Mooney board that he recognizes and appreciates the different perspectives on the issue and respects the supporters on both sides of the question of whether to stay or move.
Murry said he is convinced that the school can more effectively live out its mission by providing meaningful service and educational opportunities to its students at its present location.
''The decision to remain at its present site emphasizes that the church is willing to put its resources behind those values,'' he said.
Murry said he believes that ''this decision also is an example of good stewardship of the church's financial resources in the Valley,'' noting it will cost less to renovate the present location than to build a new building in the suburbs.
Early estimates were that it would cost $18 million to renovate the present school and $25 million to build a new one in Boardman.
Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, said the building will undergo an extensive renovation, academic programs will be evaluated and upgraded as necessary, and the school will continue to take all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff.
In his statement, Wolsonovich said the decision does not mean the high school will not change and legitimate concerns raised by many parents about dangers of the area must be addressed.
Wolsonovich and Murry and have met with both Mayor Charles Sammarone and Police Chief Rod Foley to discuss concerns raised during a study about how to improve the areas around the school's present location.
Wolsonovich said both the mayor and the police chief have pledged their commitment to working with the diocese in that regard.