At a meeting on May 5, the Cardinal Mooney High School Board of Directors reported to Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, that they successfully had raised nearly $14 million of their $23 million goal. The total cost of a new school is estimated at $34.5 million.
Bishop Murry thanked the Board and stated that their accomplishment was outstanding among the Catholic schools in the Mahoning Valley. Nonetheless, because they were unable to reach the agreed upon $23 million interim goal, he had no choice but to suspend the campaign and consider other options.
''Cardinal Mooney High School is a key pillar in the Mahoning Valley Community,'' said Mooney Board Chair, Edward Reese. ''Mooney has a great history and tradition. As a consequence, we will continue do everything possible to insure a strong future for Cardinal Mooney.''
According to the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Youngstown, the diocese and the Cardinal Mooney Board will begin modifying their strategic plan in consultation with donors, alumni, parents, faculty, sending-pastors and students.
According to a press release from the diocese, while some members of the greater Youngstown community have recommended merging the two existing high schools in the city, Bishop Murry said that such conversations, while sincere, were premature.
''Now that it is clear that it will not be possible to build a new school, Mooney will need to revise their strategic plan to respond to their present needs and the anticipated needs of the future,'' Bishop Murry said.
Mooney students have recently earned three National Merit Scholars, seven AP scholars, First Place in the Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge, Robotics Team success, Speech Team placing fifth at State with Duo Interpretation Team taking first place, and many Scholastic Art Competitions.
Members of this year's graduating class will be attending many of the nation's leading colleges and universities such as Boston College, University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt, John Carroll University, Ohio State and Michigan State. Mooney's students have also achieved great successes in its various service programs and extra-curricular activities.
For more information contact Dr. Nicholas M. Wolsonovich, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Youngstown at 330-744-8451.