| G. Michael Dobbs
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Paul Gagliarducci, executive director of the Pope Francis High School project, said it was about time people knew “we really are going to come here.”
He made that statement after the unveiling of a sign on the Surrey Road site of the former Cathedral High school at a press conference eon Oct. 30.
With students from Holyoke Catholic and Cathedral High schools wearing their school shirts as well as two students wearing the new shirts of Pope Francis High School standing behind the speakers, Gagliarducci also displayed two recent renderings of the new high school.
He stressed the images were just conceptual at this point and final.
“You work in a process when you do this work,” he said.
When asked when a ground breaking is expected, he told Reminder Publications he would expect “something in the ground” sometime between April and June next year, probably closer to June.
“Things are moving he said, adding there has been a Request for Proposals for a construction manager at risk and the diocese is looking to hire a project manager.
Sr. Andrea Ciszewski, FSSJ, superintendent of schools, filled in for Bishop Mitchell Rozanski who was ill. She said the search for a head of school is underway and the staff and faculty of Holyoke Catholic and Cathedral high schools are working to merge the curriculum of both schools in anticipation of the combination next fall. The transition team is also continuing its works, she added.