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Springfield Diocese Working with FEMA for Cathedral High School Disaster Aid

Neighbors Welcome Cathedral Rebuilding

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Springfield Diocese has settled with it’s insurance company and now, it’s aggressively going after federal disaster aid to help rebuild Cathedral High School.

An article on the Diocesan website says that talks between the Diocese and FEMA have advanced since the nearly $50 million dollar settlement was reached with Catholic Mutual in September.

The Diocese says that a plan to demolish parts of the damaged building “has been slowed down so as to ensure we follow all FEMA guidelines and don’t inadvertently and adversely impact our claim,” says Diocese spokesperson Mark Dupont.

The article also notes that the Diocese has resumed discussions with a Boston-based architectural firm over what options are available, based on the damage of the existing building and academic needs.

Since the June 2011 tornado, Cathedral High has been housed at the former Memorial School in Wilbraham. The Diocese has options on that lease through 2015.

St. Michael’s Academy, which was also housed on the Surrey Road site, consolidated with the school’s elementary students on Eddywood Street.

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