SPRINGFIELD — On Monday, Dr. Paul Harrington, new Head of School at Pope Francis High School, hosted Senator Eric P. Lesser for a tour of the construction site of the new school building at 99 Wendover Road.

“The new Pope Francis High School taking shape in East Forest Park is an impressive sight. The vision behind it, for a modern, high-tech preparatory school, is even more impressive. I know many in our community are looking forward to welcoming back this fixture of Catholic education in Western Massachusetts,” said Senator Lesser.

“The construction of the future Pope Francis Preparatory School is advancing on schedule and on budget with an anticipated opening in August 2018,” said Dr. Harrington. “We were happy to host Sen. Lesser to share the excitement of our new facility as we move Catholic secondary education forward in the Diocese of Springfield.”

Pope Francis High School is a four-year, co-ed college preparatory school formed through the merger of Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School. Currently located in the city of Chicopee at the Holyoke Catholic High School on Springfield Street, the new facility is planned for the former location of Cathedral High School on Surrey Road in Springfield.

Beginning in 2016, both Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic High School students began attending Pope Francis High School at the Chicopee location. The new school in Springfield is expected to open for the 2018-2019 school year. For more information about Pope Francis High School, visit www.popefrancishigh.org.

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