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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A two year effort to move Cardinal Mooney High School from the south side of Youngstown to Boardman is off the table according to George Murry, Bishop of the Youngstown Diocese.

The bishop revealed during a Tuesday news conference that a fundraising campaign collected $14-million of the $23-million minimum needed to make the move possible.  It is estimated that the total project would have cost $34.5-million.

The diocese had been investigating the purchase of three separate locations on, or in close proximity of Western Reserve Road between Market Street and Tippecanoe Road.

Bishop Murry says he has instructed the Cardinal Mooney Board to come up with a modified strategy for the future of the school that would include consideration of renovations needed at the present building as well as strengthening curriculum.

One of the reasons the move was being considered is the presence of asbestos in the current building.  School principal Gerald DeLucia says that asbestos has been abated and completely encapsulated and that the building is completely safe.

On the topic of safety in the neighborhood surrounding Mooney, superintendent Nicholas Wolsonovich says they have had no safety related incidents at the school, and the city of Youngstown has been making inroads in reducing blight in the area.

As for the $14-million raised to move the school, Bishop Murry says they will have to go back to the donors to find out if they want the money back, or if they want it used for another purpose.

The bishop did not know why the fundraising campaign fell short, but cited tough economic times that are impacting similar campaigns elsewhere.
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