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Mooney study complete, no decision made on move

Published: Tue, April 2, 2013 @ 11:01 p.m.


There’s been no recommendation about whether Cardinal Mooney High School will move, but a study has determined that the Catholic population has shifted from the city to the suburbs.

Nick Wolsonovich, superintendent of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Office of Catholic Schools, said a study undertaken about a year ago includes several components that will factor into the decision on whether to move the school.

Those factors include enrollment projections, demographics, finances, feasibility and fundraising.

“All of those components must be weighed in making the recommendation,” the superintendent said.

The demographics portion of the study has found that the preponderance of Mahoning County’s Catholic population has shifted from the city to the suburbs over the past several years, Wolsonovich said.

He stressed though that that’s only one consideration in the decision.

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1sknirak(120 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Since demographics concerns "people" and it is people who study and practice religion, one might say this will be a heavily weighted consideration.

If Mooney relocates to the Boardman location, it still leaves a Catholic high school in Y-town. No one will be deprived of the ability to study and practice the Faith.

Considerations concerning transportation issues and racial balance in the two schools would be the only really thorny issues. Certainly with God's help, they can and will be worked out.

Oh. I did forget that "minor" issue of money to build a new school, didn't I?
Now that could be another whole new ballgame.

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2sue(179 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

This is a done deal. Mooney is moving to Western Reserve Road by Drake's landing.

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3lumper(301 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

mooney/MONEY- MONEY/mooney ; both words mean the same thing. ytown can't afford to lose the city income tax from the employees. this is gonna be a real interesting fight/flight.

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4ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(253 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow, Sue, Shut, you are so sure? What insider info do you have?

I`ve heard estimates on building a new school as low as 18 million and as high as 24 million. Who is footing that bill? I would assume that the $7,000 tuition would have to go up if there was a move. So how do you justify sending a child four years of high school, paying possibly $28-$35,000, and paying taxes in Canfield, Poland, and Boardman?
(Unless of course you are one of those lucky few non Catholics who happen to be able to carry a football. LOL!)
With good school systems like Poland and Canfield who will still try to send their kids to the new Mooney? How do they transport whoever is still in Youngstown there? Still too many questions to be answered.

I believe Mooney will have to become a premier school that offers more than just opportunities to play sports and win championships. Their education system has to become second to none to compete with already good school systems. Unfortunately that means paying for high priced educators which in turn raises tuition.

Why don`t they just bite the bullet and combine with Ursuline? Oh, wait, we still have alumni who despise each other so much they`d rather send their kid to East. These diehards drank too much of the kool-aid.

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5beach4life(11 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

This area needs to face the fact that Catholic schools will NEVER reach the levels of enrollment they enjoyed in the past no matter where they are located. Parents can send their children to local public schools for a quality education, save $7k/yr and take their children to church to teach them religion

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6RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Funny that the family who owns all that land past Drake's Landing knows nothing about this, I suppose they will find out when they break ground.

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