YOUNGSTOWN -- Moving Cardinal Mooney High School out of downtown Youngstown into the suburbs received tentative approval Tuesday night from Bishop George Murry of the Youngstown.
After initially blocking the move, Murry said would agree to the relocation to a suitable location in the southern tier of Mahoning County if the results of the financial feasibility study indicate that there is sufficient financial support for a building and for an endowment fund for scholarships for financially needy students.
In a release from the Diocese on Tuesday, Murry indicated the decision was based on the recommendation of a five-member committee, which he established to review all of the information concerning Cardinal Mooney -- both old information and new.
As part of this decision, Murry consulted with the executive committees of both Ursuline High School and Cardinal Mooney High School Board of Directors about the possibility of a merger of the two schools.
Both executive committees did not think that a merger was a viable option. The five-member committee also did not support a merger of the two schools.
Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said that the Rev. Gerald DeLucia, president of Cardinal Mooney High School, and its Board of Directors are encouraged by the Bishop's decision and will begin moving forward enthusiastically to carry out his directives.
"The president and board will develop an overall plan for the new building, including a funding plan and an endowment fund," Wolsonovich said.
An independent committee was appointed by Murry earlier this summer to compile information on the future of Cardinal Mooney High School.
The committee was to included individuals with expertise in Catholic school mission, education, finance and building construction, as well as a parent and a pastor, to review all information regarding the school building.
The review and report was originally to have been completed by July 31 but Wolsonovich said the process is taking a little longer to complete.
In June, Murray rejected a plan to build a new school at an estimated cost of $25 million in favor of renovating the Erie Street campus for an estimated $18 million.