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Cardinal Mooney High School board isn’t ready to launch a public capital campaign



Published: Wed, December 18, 2013 @ 9:33 p.m.

School officials could move the school out of Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN

The board of directors at Cardinal Mooney High School has yet to decide whether to launch a public capital campaign to raise the money needed to build a new facility in southern Mahoning County and leave the city’s South Side campus.

The school board had its monthly meeting Wednesday and, as part of that, discussed the potential move, said Nicholas Wolsonovich, schools superintendent for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.

“We’re making good progress toward achieving our preliminary goals for raising money in the ‘quiet phase’” of the campaign, Wolsonovich said. “No decision was made about a public kickoff.”

The goal is to raise $23 million during the quiet phase from past donors and alumni.

Wolsonovich declined Wednesday to say how much has been raised.

The projected cost of a new building is $29.5 million and an additional $5 million endowment set aside for scholarships for needy students.

The school board will have its next regular meeting in mid-January, and doesn’t have plans to specifically discuss the status of the campaign, Wolsonovich said.

For more than a year, some school supporters have been advocating a relocation of Mooney to the county’s southern suburbs. Bishop George V. Murry decided June 4 to keep the school at its current location on Erie Street in Youngstown. But he announced on June 26 that new information about the cost of asbestos remediation at that location made him rethink his decision.

An enrollment feasibility study found that the school would gain 100 to 150 students if it moved to the suburbs.


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1spm33(1 comment)posted 4 months ago

This is a joke. The school should not be moved. I went to Mooney, and the Cardinal Mooney alumni I have talked to do not want the school moved. This is simply the work of a few of the rich boosters/alumni who want it moved. The enrollment is only estimated to go up 150 students. Is that worth building a new school? what's wrong with the school that's there now? Renovate it, and if you want to expand, work out a deal with the city to level more dilapidated houses around the current campus.
As far as crime? There is no crime at the Mooney and Ursuline campuses. That's already been proven. Check the crime stats. Personally, this is move is racially motivated so Tommy and Suzie don't have to go to school in "the inner city". From the Mooney alumni I've spoke with, they will not be giving dime one to this campaign. Looks as if Bruno, DeBartolo-York, Muransky, et al, will be footing the bill for this mostly themselves. They sold a bill of goods to the Bishop, who had no choice but to agree to the move, with stipulations. Sadly to say, money talks in the Church.

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2cycler(22 comments)posted 4 months ago

The die is cast.
The move is really about the future and necessary to that end otherwise an irreversible decline to nothing, a fact regardless if you agree or not.

Maybe rich people are wealthy because they are smarter after all eh ? Big picture kind of folks.

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