The former St. Joseph Central School is on the market.
Colebrook Realty Services have listed the Maplewood Avenue property for sale or for lease. Diocese of Springfield spokesman Mark DuPont said the Roman Catholic Diocese is willing to listen to all types of offer for the entire property, pieces, or a lease agreement.
It won't be long before St. Joseph Central High School becomes just another empty building. The artifacts will be shipped off elsewhere and the halls and classrooms will be empty.
But before that happens, a group of alumni has organized a night to bring everybody back to the high school on Maplewood Avenue for one last send off. On Saturday, June 10 the school will be opened for one last high school dance.
Sunday's graduation ceremonies for St. Joseph Central High School were both celebratory and sad.
The class of 2017 would be the 115th class to graduate from the Berkshire County's only Catholic high school; it would also be the last.
Unless Pope Francis himself says nothing can be done, the crusaders will be strong.
In the wake of the Diocese of Springfield announcing last week the closure of the 120-year St. Joseph Central High School parents, students, and alumni have joined together to appeal the closing of the county's only Catholic high school. The "St. Joe Strong" effort kicked off in earnest Thursday night when dozens of people rallied at Park Square as the fight to keep the school open began.
The county's only Catholic high school will close at the end of the school year.
In a message to parents released late Thursday, Sister Andrea Ciszewski, Springfield diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, said the 120-year-old St. Joseph Central High School will cease operations in June 2017.
The optimism that pervades all high school graduations took on a theological dimension at Sunday's St. Joseph Central School commencement.
The Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski had his homily teed up by a Gospel reading that focused on the healing power of God.