- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A new Roman Catholic school will soon rise on the site of a Springfield school building that closed after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announced Friday that the region’s new Pope Francis High School will be built on the Surrey Road site where Cathedral High School once stood.

The new $50 million school is a merger of Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools.

The decision followed four months of study and review of potential locations for the new school. The final decision came down to the Springfield site and a site in Chicopee.

The new school is expected to start operating in 2016.

Cathedral has been holding classes in Wilbraham since 2011. Holyoke Catholic’s former building was deemed unsafe in 2002.

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