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Survey favors moving school

Published: Mon, November 19, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m.

By Denise Dick



A study on the feasibility of moving Cardinal Mooney High School to southern Mahoning County determined that most of those interviewed support the prospect.

“There’s a lot of interest in building a new school” in the county’s southern tier, said the Rev. Gerald DeLucia, Mooney president.

Earlier this year, the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown hired Catholic School Management Inc. of Madison, Conn., to conduct a feasibility study of moving the school versus renovating and updating the existing structure on the city’s South Side.

A group of alumni had approached the diocese about moving the school to where the county’s population is moving.

Father DeLucia said that of the 60 alumni and parents of current students interviewed, between 70 percent and 80 percent supported the move.

The next phase of the study will determine if the demographic shift and enrollment projections would support the move.

“It needs to be shown to everyone that if [the Catholic] population is out there, if we relocated to that area, would people send their children to that school,” Father DeLucia said.

Although an exact location hasn’t been determined, supporters of the move have talked about a location between Poland and Canfield that’s close enough to the Columbiana County line to attract students from that area as well.

If the school does move, the boundaries determining whether a student enrolls at Mooney or Ursuline High School would remain.

Those who live north of the Mahoning River attend Ursuline while those south of the river go to Mooney. Students may request to attend the other school with a letter to the superintendent of the diocese.

Once the second phase is complete, Mooney’s board of directors will make a recommendation to Bishop George V. Murry, who will make the decision. Also part of the equation is the cost of building a school, estimated at between $24 million and $25 million. Estimated cost to upgrade the existing school is $18 million.

Mayor Charles Sammarone sent a letter to Bishop Murry last week urging that the school stay put.

“The possibility of seeing Cardinal Mooney High School leave the Youngstown community would be devastating,” Sammarone said in the letter.

Throughout the school’s 56-year history in the city, it has contributed to Youngstown’s betterment as a whole, he wrote.

“Indeed, it has been an anchor in the good times and bad,” the mayor said. “I would hope that you and the Office of Catholic Schools would remember that the city of Youngstown is vital to the heart and tradition of Mooney High School.”

Father DeLucia said the board of directors also will consider whether the move will allow the school to continue to serve city residents.

“It’s kind of a balancing act,” the president said, referring to serving both the population in the southern part of the county while continuing to meet the needs of those in the city.


1taxme(361 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I hear a smoke shop and liquor store will be part of the campus! Lol. All kidding aside, this is a great move for the children that attend mooney. Its only a matter of time before some crack head hurts someone at their present location. Move! Now!

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2kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

When they had to put a fence around the parking lot it was time to move. Mooney is located in the most dangerous corridor between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Get the heck out of there. There was already an incident once before where someone walked in and caused trouble. Sorry Mayor Sammarone but you have to put the student's safety above everything. Don't make students and parents suffer because you want something positive to stay in Youngstown. Clean up the scum who are ruining it in the first place. BTW - taxme, that comment wasn't funny. Mooney stands on it's own merit. What other school receives millions of dollars away each year in scholarships? They're not given away like some other schools. THESE KIDS EARNED IT!!! Don't be a hater.

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3taxme(361 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Kensgirl. My comment was possative. I said they need to move. You do know that scholarships will go down because the school will be moving out of the city. Everyone knows that becaus the school is in the city there is automatic scholarship money for those students thats not available in the subburbs.

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4kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Where did you learn how to spell? Anyway -you can't take away the fact that Mooney is a great school. Give credit where credit is due. Besides good grades these kids are taught valuable moral and social lessons to carry them throughout their lives. Where else is Sanctity, Scholarship and Discipline taught?

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5taxme(361 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Kengirl please stop it you always want to be argumentative.
I guess if I said kids drink and smoke on school property at mooney or a gang of mooney kids after midnight went to a canfield kids house and beat up his dad or if I said kids from money commited suicide. you would tell me that was bull?
moral of my story, sanctity scholarship and discipline are learned at home.
Mooney needs to move. Cardinal Mooney is a great school and so are all the excellent rated excellent public schools in the area
Bye bye

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6dd933(312 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Removing a stable institution that demonstrates middle class values out of the poorest neighborhood in the region would be unethical if not immoral.

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7JBullfrog(21 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Neither Ursuline nor Mooney enroll enough kids to fill their buildings like they once did. If I remember correctly, Mooney was originally formed because Ursuline ran out of space. Why not just combine the two and use Ursuline? More kids, more money, and more opportunities to provide quality education in one place.

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