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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - City officials met at Cardinal Mooney High school Monday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the impact the school's re-location could have on the city.

"I still want Cardinal Mooney to say 'Youngstown Cardinal Mooney,' like you have 'Youngstown Ursuline' and as long as we can do anything, we will do it," said Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone.

The high school  is considering relocating from where they are now, in Youngstown, by building a new location in the suburbs of southern Mahoning County.

The idea of re-locating comes after a study was released saying the schools enrollment numbers could increase by the move. Officials predict a move could bring in about 100 additional students.

The ultimate decision will be made by Bishop George Murry, but first school officials heard from city leaders.

"This is a very important part of the bishop's ultimate decision. What does Youngstown leadership think about the future of Mooney if that would be moving out of Youngstown," said Gerald DeLucia, president of the high school.

Several city leaders seem to be in favor of the school staying right where it is and while they have not offered any specifics to keep the school in Youngstown they have said whatever they can do legally, they will.

"You already have many schools in Poland and Boardman that are already excellent, but here in the city of Youngstown, you don't. So this is something we need to help stabalize this community," said Youngstown City Council member Janet Tarpley.

If the school does decide to relocate, the city stands to lose up to $80,000 in city income tax yearly. The school does not pay property tax.

If they decide to stay, the school is looking to make some major renovations to the building they are currently in.

Either way, school officials are talking about a multi-million dollar investment.

They say, that money will not come from a spike in tuition, but rather a major campaign; one they hope to launch as soon as a decision is made.

School officials will meet again Tuesday, with the faith-based group Action and a decision is expected before the end of the school year.

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