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Mooney is safe and ready for school year



Published: Fri, July 19, 2013 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

Youngstown

Despite the presence of asbestos in the building, the Diocese of Youngstown assures parents that Cardinal Mooney High School is safe and will be ready for faculty and students this fall.

Nicholas Wolsonovich, superintendent of schools for the diocese, said that when Bishop George V. Murry announced in late June he was reconsidering his decision to keep the school in Youngstown because of the cost of asbestos remediation, people started wondering and asking about the building’s safety.

“We’re reassuring them that the building is safe,” he said. “It’s OK to be operated and occupied.”

Bishop Murry is out of town and couldn’t be reached.

The diocese hired the EA Group of Cleveland to conduct air-quality tests, and results showed the air quality exceeds requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

All buildings constructed at the time Mooney was built, which was in 1956, contain asbestos, Wolsonovich said.

“Federal and state law requires that we manage asbestos in a certain way, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said.

Asbestos is in the pipe insulation, floor tiles and ceilings.

“We’re addressing all of those issues — and have been addressing them — and making sure nothing is overlooked,” Wolsonovich said.

Last year, Mooney officials began exploring whether to renovate the school building or construct a new school in southern Mahoning County. Initial reports pegged the new construction cost at $25 million with the renovation at $18 million.

Mooney’s board of directors recommended moving, but on June 4, Bishop Murry announced the school would remain on Erie Street on the city’s South Side.

About three weeks later, though, the bishop said he was reconsidering, citing the cost of asbestos remediation.

“It’s once you start renovating that you start disturbing asbestos [and] it becomes a huge issue in terms of cost,” Wolsonovich said.

The bishop appointed a committee including a parent, a pastor and people with expertise in Catholic school mission, education, finance and building construction, to review information regarding the potential Mooney renovation.

That committee is to report to Bishop Murry by July 31.

If the recommendation from the committee is not to move, and the bishop reaffirms his earlier decision, the president and board will be asked to begin a capital campaign to raise money for the necessary renovations.

If the committee’s recommendation is to relocate the school to the suburbs and it’s approved by the bishop, the bishop will ask the school president and board of directors to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether there are sufficient resources to build a new school.


Comments

1kensgirl(635 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Here we go again. Isn't it convenient that the bishop is out of town? Go ahead and make your decision Bishop Murray then move on to your next assignment like Bishop Tobin did. Make sure you are politically correct and don't forget to listen to all those self serving political hacks that have no dog in the fight. This is a private issue - Mooney is a private school by the way - and should not be an issue up for debate among anyone other than those affected. Eighty thousand dollars in lost revenue due to a move isn't worth the price of a student's life. It would be nice though if everyone who isn't affected by this issue would get one.

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2highpoint(35 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Let me see if I have this right... The school is safe and ready, but needs at least $18million in renovations, and has a serious asbestos problem that will add even more to the costs! The other thing is CM is a private school. That means that they are supported by contributions and tuitions. Are these people so ignorant that they are unable to voice their desires? Easy enough: tell the Bishop, either move or we move...
Visit the school. Today would be a good day, when this heat makes it difficult to breath because air doesn't work right. And winters? Haha...
Well, folks, you are supposed to get what you pay for... In this case, its seems like you don't even have a voice, even when the Board says let's move!
Go Cardinals... somewhere . BTW, I wonder if Volney Rogers is for sale?

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3Dagwood(144 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

"Cardinal Mooney High School, best, best of all" ...C'mon everybody, you know the words.

This school has more money than China, if you build it, they will come.

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4kensgirl(635 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

If Volney Rogers were alive today he would say "I've done enough for this town, time to move on." which he did. I'm glad he's not alive now to see what a mess people have made of it. Next thing city council will vote to tear up Mill Creek Park to make it an interracial area of peace and understanding. Let the bullets fly.

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5Chilloutandsmile(4 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

What is the problem here? Mooney is a private school - they don't get your tax money folks. Let them decide what they feel is best for them. Yeah they make money, because they are a private school that actually offers a good education. I can't say that about any public schools around here. Public schools don't even teach kids how to write anymore so guess what happens when they have to complete a written job application - they look like uneducated idiots = and that's your tax dollars at work. Find something worthwhile to complain about, like how your tax money does NOTHING for education in public schools. Geesh people love to hate on everything around here. Bunch of negative citizens sitting around doing nothing but complaining.

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