- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Federal and Springfield officials say an agreement has been reached to fund replacement of a parochial school badly damaged by a tornado more than two years ago.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Neighbors of Cathedral High School and St. Michael’s Academy have expressed impatience about the future of the property, saying it has become an eyesore.

FEMA will provide 75 percent of an estimated $29.4 million needed to demolish existing facilities and build new ones. FEMA will also provide some of the estimated $9 million needed for temporary facilities, emergency site safety and other costs.

The federal money is in addition to nearly $60 million in insurance money the Diocese of Springfield received after the tornado.

Students are currently taking classes in rented space.


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